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Seven Couplets to Ponder or Ignore


1
Wisdom comes from roots and stones,
Often from the sparrow’s bones.
 
 
2
Sending healing thoughts to you!
Hope you’re better, yes, I do!
 
 
3
Lines unfolding one by one—
All too soon my work is done.
 
 
4
In the realm of string and twine,
Will you be my valentine?
 
 
5
Lessons near the frigid coast
Are the ones I hate the most!
 
 
6
If your foremother should come,
Toot a horn and pound a drum!
 
 
7
Spirit wide and Spirit deep,
Do not make me, Spirit, weep.

 

Couplets © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Whirligig #269
 
More Writers’ Pantry #23 at Poets and Storytellers United

 

Four Haiku for Sunday


1
Maple, poplar, oak—
the names of my forest friends
linger on my tongue.
 
 
2
Women keep weeping
because roots of war grow deep,
and church bells go mute.
 
 
3
In the plum tree’s shade
my skinny little daughter
rubs two shiny coins.
 
 
4
Mother Earth, sounding
oddly like my own mother,
says, “Mend your ways, child.”

 

Haiku © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Whirligig #267
 
More Writers’ Pantry #21 at Poets and Storytellers United

 

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—
apocalyptic
 
~~ 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
 
 
More Poetry Pantry #224
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 184

Symbiosis

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona
 


familiar faces—
thirsty roots and barren sands
nuzzling each other

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Carpe Diem: “Symbiotic”