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~~ 1 ~~
red roses growing
in tar pits
among loathsome bones
with rotting sinews
~~ 2 ~~
The bowl of water
does not sense its own wetness,
nor the twig its bud.
Mud knows not its sliminess,
nor do thorns their prickliness.
~~ 3 ~~
When the ship I love
leaves the harbor without me,
seagulls lose their voice,
their little silvery tongues
weighed down by loathsome cankers.
~~ 4 ~~
heaped in the temple
ten thousand desperate pleas
unanswered by God—
perhaps a thief in the night
will snatch the sweet ones away
~~ 5 ~~
last downpour of spring—
even the woman who sins
murmurs prayers of thanks

Tanka and haiku © 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Poetry Pantry #307
More Sunday’s Whirligig #64

Posted on June 19, 2016, in 3-5-3-5-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5-7-7, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig, tanka and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. The bowl of water does not sense its own wetness – my favourite line..and throughout a reminder that perhaps we don’t realise what we have until it is no longer there..or we didn’t appreciate it when it was..not so hard to imagine but only when it comes true perhaps?

  2. The first four stanzas danced with misery however the woman who sins finished on a positive note.

  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Beautiful as always – or maybe more than ever.

  4. A lovely set… the bowl of water… is a great line.

  5. That second tanka is marvelous.
    Overall, great imagery.

  6. I especially like #2….and nod my head thinking ‘how very true!’

  7. love them all, specially the fulfillment in the last one…

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ❤ ❤

  9. I often imagine roses growing in the tar pits that can surround me….they are so welcome!

  10. Wonderfully done, each one so vivid.

  11. I do love the juxtapositions presented, the rose growing in death, and the thorn that doesn’t know of its sting… marvelous.

  12. Always interesting and a creative visit here. 🙂

  13. The last haiku is reminiscent of those who are thankful for little things in life that others take for granted.


  14. These are all SO good.

    I think this is my favorite section:
    “The bowl of water
    does not sense its own wetness”

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