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pheasant’s-eye* corsage—
frivolous decoration
pinned to her new dress
~~ ~~ ~~
pheasant’s-eye corsage—
the amicable florist
sells it for a song
~~ ~~ ~~
unrefined corsage
made of wilted pheasant’s eye—
still the poor one sings

© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Carpe Diem: “Pheasant’s Eye”
More Three Word Wednesday: “Amicable, Frivolous, Unrefined”

* pheasant’s eye: a flower also known in Japan as New Year’s Day Plant

Whirling On

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~~ 1 ~~
the shape of the bowl
carved from chrysanthemum roots—
how unsubstantial
~~ 2 ~~
first day of the year
bright and blue over Dublin
a seagull screeches
~~ 3 ~~
behind the green door
something stirring at nightfall—
thirteen bloody fangs
~~ 4 ~~
the flame that devours
bole and branch, leaf and limb—
how strange the story
~~ 5 ~~
rack near the toilet—
literary magazine
still crisp and unread
~~ 6 ~~
all her wishes for
his speedy recovery—
a turn for the worse
~~ 7 ~~
inklings of mercy
seeping from the holy book
onto her gnarled hands
~~ 8 ~~
ten million poppies
carpeting the soldiers’ graves—
distant Flanders fields
~~ 9 ~~
frivolous pursuits
sucking the life from her soul
dollar by dollar
~~ 10 ~~
the screeching wind
and swiftly rising ocean—
~~ 11 ~~
summer’s epilogue
written in the raven’s cry
and the falling leaf
~~ 12 ~~
barely audible
her voice inviting earwigs
to the garden feast

© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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