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~~ 1 ~~
wide-awake children
in refugee settlements
whirling at midnight
~~ 2 ~~
in the poppy field
no sign of holy water—
pilgrim pushes on
~~ 3 ~~
Why begrudge the stone
underneath the forest pine
its endless silence?
~~ 4 ~~
her shouts of anger
pulling him out of his dreams
Sunday afternoon
~~ 5 ~~
a spider
bereft of its web
in mourning
~~ 6 ~~
molecules of dust
settling in the dead man’s eyes
open and staring
~~ 7 ~~
how from the crow’s tongue
seven shrill alarms clang out
over the cornfield
~~ 8 ~~
how the youngest child
fearing the sting of the wasp
runs from the meadow
~~ 9 ~~
sunny afternoon
in the middle of winter—
ten thousand questions
~~ 10 ~~
her clumsy attempts
to make sense out of nonsense—
the latest shooting

Haiku © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #36


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Each grotesquerie begins with a phrase purloined from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist who died 17 April 2014.

~~ 1 ~~
dusty almond trees
all the fruit turns into glass
bitter little shards
~~ 2 ~~
hand-painted flowers
remnants of the midget’s dreams
tossed to the bridesmaids
~~ 3 ~~
box of dominoes—
two pieces rub each other
in just the wrong way
~~ 4 ~~
place of burial
the earth begins to settle
after three amens
~~ 5 ~~
a wicker basket
hides a broken battle axe
under cloth of gold
~~ 6 ~~
houses with zinc roofs
shattering expectations
rusting overnight
~~ 7 ~~
glass beads for macaws
flung into the April sky
snatched by hungry beaks
~~ 8 ~~
a bulging suitcase—
the clumsy woman drops it
on the railroad track
~~ 9 ~~
clocks made of carved wood
vanish just before midnight
tick again at dawn
~~ 10 ~~
invisible paths
some on land, some on sea
Moses knows the game
~~ 11 ~~
clothing left behind—
an old man without a name
tries on the trousers
~~ 12 ~~
sticks of balsa wood
listen as the cotton string
tightens on a kite

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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