Category Archives: Carl Sandburg


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Wayside shrine, the Virgin of Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México

all the little shrines
reviving weary pilgrims—
honey on the way

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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A Whirling Baker’s Half-Dozen

(Each haiku or senryu below begins with a phrase taken from Carl Sandburg’s “Many Hats.”)

The wind has a song
richer than buckwheat honey
spread on thick brown bread.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Across the desert
a forceful wind is roaring—
only sands rejoice.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
We will give a name
to all things sweet and fragrant—
try not to lose hope.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
The broken pieces—
push them all out of your way
and build something new.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
You can see her bones
and how flexible they are—
grind them into bread.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
I met four people,
dramatic in their smallness—
they looked just like me.
~~~ ~~~ ~~~
I saw a blackbird
but he did not glance at me—
wingtips smeared with stars.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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