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Whirling with Robinson Jeffers


The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from “Hurt Hawks” by Robinson Jeffers.

Wild God of the world,
I have vowed to worship you—
do not tame my heart.
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You do not know him,
for if you did, you would flee—
or become a stone.
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The week of waiting
will provide new excuses
for my lack of faith.
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To the arrogant,
nothing breeds success like shifts
in what they believe.
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The curs of the day
have joined together to sneer
at all things holy.
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The flooded river
bears witness to the thunder
that foretold the rain.
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The hawk remembers
deeper things than finch or wren—
talon’s razor curve.
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Under the oak bush
lies a tattered umbrella,
nest for seven mice.
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Sometimes merciful
is the journey through childhood,
ofttimes merciless.
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The terrible eyes
of those who stand before me
bore into my soul.
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Come and torment him,
the one who dwells in darkness,
with your spears of light.
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Men that are dying
have no need to inherit—
they’ve emptied the cup.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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