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Splendor

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Christmas decorations, northern New Mexico
 


holiday garlands—
even the errant north wind
reveals their splendor

 
Haiku © 2016 and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Tanka Time

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Of this week’s dozen words I have used: bones, river, teeth, reveal, emerge, reel
 


~~ 1 ~~
 
In the wilderness
the ancient tree women sing
with fire in their bones—
ravens joining the chorus
cannot quench the fierce burning.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
resting for an hour
in the shadows of the pines—
river in her heart
flowing toward restoration
flowing away from despair
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Hurry, they are here,
the ones you have waited for,
teeth sharp, eyes aglow,
disguised as clowns and donkeys,
but eager to devour you.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
secrets of the moth
revealed in graphic detail—
the old druid sings
and in his singing new wings
form between his broken teeth
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
Fishing from the bridge
with a stolen rod and reel—
Egypt lies downstream
where ten thousand hapless souls
still wait for deliverance.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
God of the kitchen,
may nothing dreadful emerge
from my pots and pans,
but only savory things,
filled with the spice of wonder.

 
© 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 210

Places

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~~ 1 ~~
 
A place of her own,
where she can dabble in words—
this is all she asks.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
Three blasts of the horn—
again she loses her place
reading Hemingway.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
She loses her place,
yet a new pathway unfolds,
tugging at her feet.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
In her stained blue dress
she is not sure of her place
among the sisters.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
In this hallowed place
she rests for an hour or two
before moving on.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
A place of shining
in the center of darkness—
this is all she asks.
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
The thrill of the hunt
to find a place of her own
keeps driving her on.
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
Knick-knack paddy-whack—
isn’t there another place
that she could call home?
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
She devotes her skill
to finding the perfect place
to keep her secrets.
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
Her secrets in place,
she resolves not to reveal
them to anyone.
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
In this shallow place,
where nothing is asked of her,
she has found a home.

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #211
 
More Sunday Scribblings 2: “Place”
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 171

At the Mausoleum

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Greasy beggars chant
before the mausoleum,
hoping for some coins.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Who desires to grieve
at Lenin’s mausoleum?
Insidious plan!
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
Poets will reveal
the mausoleum’s meaning,
stirring up the night.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Mausoleum of Halicarnassus,”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Greasy, Insidious, Reveal”

Artemis

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Greasy pilgrims sing
in Artemis’s temple,
but she scorns their songs.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In templed splendor
Artemis Insidious
plots another hunt.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
What seer dares reveal
Artemis in her temple,
Jesus at her feet?

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Temple of Artemis”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Greasy, Insidious, Reveal”