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Clumsy Attempts

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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

Grotesqueries

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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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