Six Shorts

midafternoon snack
of juicy watermelon
ripe and red and sweet
stepping back quickly—
a rattler ready to strike
warns me just in time
a change in her luck
after the sunflowers bloom—
retreating cancer
adjusting the light
while using the cutting board
for chopping veggies
Something in the room,
perhaps dust in the closet,
seems to call my name.
geranium pots
arrayed on a stepladder—
summer afternoon

Haiku © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More The Whirligig #282
More Writers’ Pantry #36 at Poets and Storytellers United


Posted on September 6, 2020, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poets & Storytellers United, The Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Brilliant bite-sized pieces, some more punching than others.

  2. Nice work, Teach! I wouldn’t survive a rattler encounter, as my heart would explode. And that penultimate verse is right up my alley; I can always hear the dust sirens singing.

    Have a great week!

  3. Dust doesn’t call my name…its screams at me!


    Such a mix. A picnic with real life.

  5. Shards of an afternoon? It’s like a stained glass mosaic. 🙂

  6. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: MMT’s latest six haiku!

  7. Beverly Crawford

    Each little vignette stands alone. Well done.

  8. I like the photographic feel of these ones, every poem and flash of living. The first one made crave watermelon. The second one pulled a breath of relief–I’m so glad for her! The fifth one left me wondering about the voice of dust: is it dry and raspy?

  9. Step by step s delightful series of haiku

    Happy you dropped by my sumie Sunday today

    Much 💝love

  10. Kestril Trueseeker

    Not much of a watermelon fan, but fresh, sliced tomatoes with a bit of salt and mozzarella cheese is my summertime go-to.

  11. Great Haiku’s The dust in the closet calling you is my favourite. It calls my name as well but I turn a deaf ear sometimes

  12. lovely haiku, all.
    the third one is my favourite. as for the dust calling my name, i think i must make an effort to answer them. 🙂

  13. They’re all terrific, and my favourite is that watermelon which I swear I can taste and feel.

  14. An interesting range of haiku in this sequence. I love the hints of colour, especially the red watermelon, the sunflowers and the geranium pots.

  15. The dust calling your name… that’s evocative!!!

  16. These are especially good…lovely snippet gems….well done !m

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