Category Archives: couplets

Is God Asleep


1
I choke on soot, my homeland shudders;
“Is God asleep?” the prophet mutters.
 
 
2
With fire on my tongue, how brave can I be?
Braver than ships exploring the sea?
 
 
3
Mine are the questions that no one answers;
At half past midnight, I join the dancers.
 
 
4
With reverence and gratitude I pause—
The white wolf takes me gently in his jaws.

 

Couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Seven Couplets to Ponder or Ignore


1
Wisdom comes from roots and stones,
Often from the sparrow’s bones.
 
 
2
Sending healing thoughts to you!
Hope you’re better, yes, I do!
 
 
3
Lines unfolding one by one—
All too soon my work is done.
 
 
4
In the realm of string and twine,
Will you be my valentine?
 
 
5
Lessons near the frigid coast
Are the ones I hate the most!
 
 
6
If your foremother should come,
Toot a horn and pound a drum!
 
 
7
Spirit wide and Spirit deep,
Do not make me, Spirit, weep.

 

Couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Whirligig #269
 
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Anagram Fun


OPTS
She opts to go where angels fear—
Let’s opt to go with her, my dear.
 
POTS
Pots and pans and silverware!
Chocolate frosting in my hair!
 
TOPS
On the nudist beach flip-flops
May be worn, but never tops.
 
SPOT
Spot the spider in its web,
Watch its life both flow and ebb.
 
POST
Post a letter to a friend,
May your friendship never end.
 
STOP
Stop this nonsense, stop at once!
Or are you some kind of dunce?

 

Couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 

Weird Couplets for Ending the Year


Reasonable weather will come, and it will go.
Why weather does the things it does, who can ever know?
 
  
What’s the point of running when running’s such a pain?
By running from your problems, what do you hope to gain?
 
  
A newborn calf and camel are nuzzling the same cow.
Despite its humpy little back the desert beast knows how.
 
  
A legion of angels, if I should insist,
Will stay by my side until they’re dismissed.
 
  
I have no interest, darling, in dragging out this year.
It’s almost gone—good riddance! Do I make that clear?

 
  

Poem © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Quirky Couplets


How bothersome it is when flies
Buzz my coffee at sunrise!
 
If you have a fretful wife,
Be prepared for lots of strife!
 
Swat the spider, set it free
From its webbed captivity!
 
A deep hole—imagine that!
Will it fit inside my hat?
 
My bicycle is looping round and round the park;
Morning, noon, and afternoon—even in the dark!
 
Roses for the weekend, every weekday too;
Roses, darling, roses—yellow ones for you.

 
  

Couplets © 2019 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More Pantry of Poetry and Prose #6 at Poets United

 

Three Aphorisms


I.
Watch the dog leaping and learn from the monk;
Not all meditation needs to be junk.
 
II.
Cowardice protects you when the tigers come:
Jump the paddock wall, my friend, and run like hell, just run!
 
III.
Those who sit together and those who sit apart,
Know that sitting shiva is a quiet art.

 
  
Poems © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Three Couplets


I.
Daylight, and the drunk man falls forward on his face;
He lacks a map to guide him to a better place.
 
II.
Sometimes a hearth that’s spacious holds only hints of fire—
Little coals that soon grow cold like everyone’s desire.
 
III.
Anywhere is nowhere when money creeps inside;
Beware when words become a place for your lies to hide.

 
  
Poems © by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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The Worst of Rhymes in the Worst of Times


 
Slides exist, along with swings—
So do birds with broken wings.
 
Test the syrup in the cup.
If it’s bitter, lap it up.
 
Don’t despair when despots rule.
One day they’ll be dead—how cool!
 
Break bad habits or they’ll last
Even after your life’s past.
 
Happy are the ones who do
Homework by the rules—it’s true!
 
First or last, last or first,
These rhymes are the very worst!

 
Pretty bad couplets © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #186
 
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Jump-Rope Rhymes


Whether you divide or add,
Snow’s not green, you silly dad.
 
Breeze beneath the bright blue sky,
Teach me how to multiply.
 
Poppies then and poppies now,
Poppies for my uncle’s cow.
 
If an orange could subtract,
We’d be doomed—now, that’s a fact!
 

 
Couplets © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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Blue Monday: Lemons

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A mural honoring lemon growers, Exeter, California.
 


The lemons in my basket
Are plump and ripe—not sweet!
But still my lovely lemons
Are good enough to eat!
 
If you’d prefer a mango,
There’s not much I can do,
For all these lovely lemons
Were gathered just for you!

 
  
Poem and photo © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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