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A Dozen Ways to Still

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The first line of each haiku or senryu below is taken from Shu Ting‘s poem “The Singing Flower,” translated from the Chinese by Carolyn Kizer.

I return to you
every evening at sundown—
still your door is locked.
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Pounding at your door,
my hands still in bandages—
will you let me in?
~~ ~~ ~~
Sit in the darkness,
bid your frantic heart be still—
hush, the singer comes.
~~ ~~ ~~
On a speeding train
I try to still my wild heart—
frightened little fawn.
~~ ~~ ~~
Permit me to dream
of things I still care about—
plum trees blossoming.
~~ ~~ ~~
My little basket
will still hold a few ripe plums—
this one is for you.
~~ ~~ ~~
Your singing flower
cannot soothe my troubled heart—
still, I will listen.
~~ ~~ ~~
Come in the morning
when I am still ripe with sleep—
press me to your lips.
~~ ~~ ~~
I reserve the right
to still your strident singing—
why are you amazed?
~~ ~~ ~~
in the barley fields
harvesters still swinging scythes—
lightning in the east
~~ ~~ ~~
My poems travel
from here to Venus and back—
still no one reads them.
~~ ~~ ~~
Guided by flowers,
I am still finding my way
fragrance by fragrance.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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