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January Whirl

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casting my anchor
in some faraway harbor—
perhaps Rotterdam
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
winter’s first full moon
keeping her awake for hours
in her lumpy bed
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
a buffeting wind—
three fragile little sparrows
fight to stay aloft
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
raising her wineglass
at her lonely sojourn’s end
among the living
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
first dream of the year
mulberry tree near the gate
heavy with new fruit
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
sudden gust of wind—
three facts fly out the window
landing in the street
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
action, inaction—
even the undertaker
stops to eye the wound
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
breaking the needle
so she will not be able
to get her next fix
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
a scathing letter
sent from a neighboring state
ten cents postage due
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
her favorite team
tasting defeat once again—
winter’s first full moon
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
willing to risk all
for the sake of one blossom—
gardener in spring
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
hit with aftershocks
from shifting tectonic plates
an old house crumbles

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 235

Bits of This and That

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This week’s words: infinite, hit, invisible, emits, rhythm, impulse, distance, kneel, creation, whisperings, fists, precise

 


 
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Singers and dancers
shaking their timbrels and hips—
holy the rhythm!
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
A frank confession:
I peer into the distance,
but I see nothing.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Where the faithful kneel,
a golden light is shining—
galaxies draw near.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
A brown paper bag
clutched in a child’s hand can hold
all of creation.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Cattails speak in tongues
wisdom taught them long ago—
reedy whisperings.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
From around the world,
gather stones the size of fists—
change them into bread.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
infinite wisdom
in recounting bedtime tales—
patience with darkness
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
invisible hand
stirring up the Milky Way
leftovers tonight

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 133