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Praise


 


Crickets chime your praise,
mower that no longer zings,
scissoring the grass.

 
Text and photo © 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
 
More Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Monday Wordle #48

Whirling On

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Each haiku begins with a Wordle word.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
Maybe a raven
knows more about nasturtiums
than ever I will.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
miles beyond this place
thirty or forty or more
a ruined garden
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
words lost long ago
under bison bones bleaching
on Kansas prairies
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
scorch marks on his shirt—
first signs of her defiance
of his tyranny
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
chime and tambourine
and incense in the temple—
bridges between worlds
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
trite conversation
over day-old glazed doughnuts
at the sad café
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
spell of cold weather—
taking out of the closet
her wool kimono
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
land covered with snow—
corn hidden from hungry geese
and foraging mice
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
spirit of the quilt
wrapping her in dreams of peace
though she sleeps alone
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
aim of the hunter
sighting a mandarin duck—
how his bow trembles
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
mind of the pilgrim
distracted by the bedbugs
in the wayside inn
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
sign of good fortune
the year’s first calligraphy
brushed in crimson ink

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 196

December Whirl

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~~ 1 ~~
 
birth of her firstborn
on this silent, holy night—
the pale young mother
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
a young mother’s sigh
consolation of cattle
two roosters chime in
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
the new arrival
a stray dog from the village
sniffing at the child
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
Laughing villagers,
oblivious to the child,
stumble to their homes.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
(alone)
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
(scar)
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
(ingest)

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 193

Sleepless

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Fierce things pierce my dreams,
causing short and sleepless nights—
distant church bells chime.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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