Weird Little Tales

winter afternoon—
a rich layer of new snow
blanketing the earth
~~ ~~ ~~
In weary silence
she gazes into the flames,
seeking an omen.
~~ ~~ ~~
nothing fancier
than her cream-colored straw hat
with its pink ribbon
~~ ~~ ~~
A wooden clothespin—
she touches it to her tongue
and then to her palms.
~~ ~~ ~~
Over her shoulder
she tosses a tangerine,
hoping for good luck.
~~ ~~ ~~
Spiteful old women
hurl curses at their husbands
for small transgressions.
~~ ~~ ~~
Through a small window
she sees the plural of goose
landing on the pond.
~~ ~~ ~~
A life for herself—
no more peeling potatoes,
she thinks with a sigh.

Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #146
More Poetry Pantry #388 at Poets United

Posted on January 28, 2018, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Nice snippets of life…

  2. Interesting little tales – I wonder what type of omen she is searching for?


    I enjoyed the read. I liked fancy hat and the last two were fun.

  4. As always I try to stitch them together to a story… and I think I see the lonely woman in there… thank God for that strawhat.

  5. Love this especially; ‘In weary silence she gazes into the flames, seeking an omen’.. Beautifully eloquent!💞

  6. I especially love the plural of goose landing on the pond….made me smile.

  7. Each one the best!!!! I agree with Sherry, brilliant, “the plural of goose…”

  8. I think you summed it all up 🙂

  9. How easy it was to picture each scene described…even the plural of geese, fitting that awkward prompt word in!

  10. Ah, looking into the flames is a good way to meditate! I like the whole set, but that one I liked best.

  11. seeing the plural of goose.. oh that’s adorable..

  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Wonderful glimpses.

  13. This builds into a beautiful story each verse telling us a little more

  14. Very compelling progression.

  15. These are wonderful.

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