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Whirling with Donald Hall

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This week’s words: race, silky, lanky, whiskey, puddle, pain, mouth, isolate, murky, breath, marsh, razor, befuddled

The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from Donald Hall’s “Stump.”

~~ 1 ~~
I am used to it—
the hangovers each morning,
whisky on his breath.
~~ 2 ~~
white blossoms that last
barely a day in this heat
but weeks in a dream
~~ 3 ~~
where the warm water
gathers into a puddle—
marsh in the making
~~ 4 ~~
The shade of old summers
is drawn to isolate me
from inner weather.
~~ 5 ~~
Every afternoon
murky ways lie before me—
befuddled am I.
~~ 6 ~~
In the gray winter
pain joins my race to the end—
no one wins this one.
~~ 7 ~~
scraping the stiff snows
with a dull straight-edge razor
unbearding winter
~~ 8 ~~
The little garden
silky with cobwebs at dusk—
Jesus comes to pray.
~~ 9 ~~
By night a bare trunk,
gaunt and lanky as Lincoln,
leans against the stars.

© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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