Spring and Other Things

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~~ 1 ~~
in a plain black dress
she welcomes spring to the hills—
the soldier’s widow
~~ 2 ~~
dreaming of springs past
when she walked with her father
through the plum orchard
~~ 3 ~~
a dazzling array
of fruits in the marketplace—
boy filches a plum
~~ 4 ~~
First full week of spring—
they speak only of the light
drenching the meadow.
~~ 5 ~~
an open doorway—
throwing away all constraints
to cross the threshold
~~ 6 ~~
An open window—
this morning the mockingbirds
are making her sad.
~~ 7 ~~
after spring’s first rain
memories of her childhood
sprouting fresh and green
~~ 8 ~~
blocking out the sobs
of the child who’s lost her coins
at the carnival
~~ 9 ~~
third full week of spring—
the menace of a sleet storm
freezing lilac buds

© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #300
More Sunday’s Whirligig #57

Posted on May 1, 2016, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Delicious slices of spring moments.

  2. All those years ago losing money at the carnival was not such a sad event; that I went at all was a treat!

  3. all very vivid and expressive

    have a happy Sunday Maggie

    much love…

  4. Such a gorgeous set 😀 especially adore “First full week of spring..”

  5. A fine sequence, reminding us that loss and gain are both part of the cycle of the year.

  6. Each one a story and so lovely especially #7…but the last left me in my tracks as I felt the pain of the poor lilacs….mine were frozen over and over again even under cover.

  7. I love all the open doors and windows with which we welcome spring. I most love the mockingbird haiku.

  8. I do love that memory of walking in a plum orchard… so wonderful thought filled with beauty and melancholy.

  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    I continue to be astonished by the way you take one simple word and weave a whole story, or even create a painting in words, in unexpected ways – and all that with such economy!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Most times I’m astonished too, Rosemary. Thank you!

      On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  10. Indeed I think the first rain of spring does bring one back to childhood…there was (and is) something about that first refreshing rain after a winter of snow.

  11. First of all, I’d like to thank you for the comment you left on my current post. You nailed it down for me, it is the pivotal point of my existence. Coming close to death, no matter the age, alters whatever comes afterward. Secondly, I believe that our own poems should surprise us and thus become the reason for continuing to write them. Thirdly, but far from least, I love what you do here. No favorites because each glimpse builds a story that wraps around the reader slowly, embracing her with its depth of detail and enriching her world with its beauty.


  12. Your ability to paint such a broad story in your own way and style is rich as the juiciest plum…

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