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Whirling with Wendell Berry


The first line of each haiku or senryu is taken from “How to Be a Poet” by Wendell Berry.
This week’s whirling words are: charm, willows, crust, rustle, unbearable, explode,
mending, fever, brittle, breeze, piercing, sheaths


To remind myself
that I’m piercing the darkness,
I write sharp haiku.
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Disturb the silence
with the rustle of paper,
the scratching of pen.
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Make a place to sit,
take your brushes from their sheaths—
rice paper waiting.
~~ ~~ ~~
Little words that come
begging on an evening breeze—
invite them to stay.
~~ ~~ ~~
Shun electric wire.
You will not explode without
a television.
~~ ~~ ~~
What comes from silence
is sometimes brittle, broken
and beyond repair.
~~ ~~ ~~
A place to sit down
and let the fever subside—
this is all I ask.
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You must depend
on a single crust of bread
to quell your hunger.
~~ ~~ ~~
Make the best you can
of unbearable moments—
your journey goes on.
~~ ~~ ~~
Out of the silence
she comes, hoping to charm me
and lead me astray.
~~ ~~ ~~
Sit down. Be quiet.
Let the mending of your soul
begin with this breath.
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To the one who prays,
even the willows’ rustling
is a clear answer.

© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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