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Words in Flight

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The first line of each breath-of-a-poem is taken from The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
whispering verses
in the sanatorium
to cure her own ills
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
No one is looking
as she hawks a gob of phlegm
into her hanky.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Nine days in a row
she walks to the barley field,
but no one is there.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
A woman running
down a precarious path
stumbles on a plum.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
ripening fruit trees
dropping rivulets of plums
to the orchard floor
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
with rooster feathers
making a watery soup
that no one will taste
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
Catching words in flight,
I tuck them into a file
to read six years hence.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
in a land of heat
the sterile adulation
of the lizard’s tongue
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
for writing secrets
a handful of somber words
flicked across the page
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
a world made of wind—
how dull and uninspiring
for seekers of words

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Reasons

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Each haiku begins with a phrase taken from A New Moon by Bruce H. Feingold.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
towards a high plateau
her labor at this altitude
for the slightest breath
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on a granite ledge
she attempts to justify
her reasons to jump
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the darkest silence
broken by a single chime
of the druid’s bell
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
way-worn traveler
trundling down a twisting path
till it meets the sea
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
swirling in the dust
where a crevice meets the sky—
ecstatic dervish
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
the bright graffiti
plunging her into despair
this foggy morning
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
lying wide awake
she masticates dry saltines
for a comfort food
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
shoulder to shoulder
two old queers dressed in leather
shambling down the street
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
swallows skim the dusk
making no alliance with
bats or mosquitoes
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
the doves call louder
as though they have a vision
of impending doom
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
a green sea turtle
straddling a hole in the sand
where she lays her eggs
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
a final haiku
something more combustible
than the ones before

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More Small Wonders

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~~ 1 ~~
 
banks of the canal
littered with Styrofoam cups—
last night’s wild party
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
a broken paddle—
her only means for forcing
the canoe upstream
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
A dent in the door—
the madman throws his hammer
at his hapless wife.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Even the maple syrup
drenching my morning pancakes
cannot still the storm.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
improvised scripture
scribbled beneath a picture
in a children’s book
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
the old woman’s shawl
unraveling thread by thread
along with her dreams
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
ripples on the pond
where old Basho’s frog jumped in
following the crowd
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
elegance
of deserts waiting
for spring rain
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
languishing
in the oubliette
a traitor
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
her excess baggage—
hoping no one will notice
the overhead bin
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
the redwing blackbirds
petitioning the frog pond
for a midday snack

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Small Wonders

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~~ 1 ~~
 
blustery evening—
by faltering lantern light
no path for her feet
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in her small kitchen
a sip or two of cocoa
from a broken cup
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
indulging herself
cocoa sprinkled with nutmeg
Sunday morning treat
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
the farm hands at dawn
hoping that some warmth will come
to the onion field
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
seeking a way out
the imprint of her longing
on wool, foam and stone
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
the grindstone
waiting for a knife
to sharpen
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
nacreous handle
of the old woman’s mirror
her consolation

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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