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Spring and Other Things

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~~ 1 ~~
 
in a plain black dress
she welcomes spring to the hills—
the soldier’s widow
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
dreaming of springs past
when she walked with her father
through the plum orchard
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
a dazzling array
of fruits in the marketplace—
boy filches a plum
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
First full week of spring—
they speak only of the light
drenching the meadow.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
an open doorway—
throwing away all constraints
to cross the threshold
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
An open window—
this morning the mockingbirds
are making her sad.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
after spring’s first rain
memories of her childhood
sprouting fresh and green
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
blocking out the sobs
of the child who’s lost her coins
at the carnival
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
third full week of spring—
the menace of a sleet storm
freezing lilac buds

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #300
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #57

Pared

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~~ 1 ~~
 
murmuring prayers
that could double as weapons—
a renegade priest
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
secrets of the moth
dazzling the shaman’s daughter
in her quest for truth
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Old men in turbans
move with deliberation
toward the temple square.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
deserted mission—
adobe bricks eroding
in the wind and rain
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
for seventy years
choking on her resentments
bitter old woman
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
a dusty garden
its broken-down gates groaning
with every stray breeze
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
the drooping candles
on a chocolate birthday cake—
each forgotten dream
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
lighting up her dreams
sparks of remembered gunfire
from Afghanistan
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
pared to her essence
by an explosive device—
only stumps for legs
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
bits of body parts
left beside the road to rot
where the bomb went off

 
Poems © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
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