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First Whirl of February

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The first line of each breath-of-a-poem is taken from phrases found in A Year in the World by Frances Mayes.
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
their morning coffee—
spring, summer, fall, and winter
taking it with cream
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on the balcony
sharing an afternoon drink
fragrant vin rosé
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
on an envelope
one thin line of poetry
trailing to the edge
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
clutching photographs
faded ones from long ago
in her tight right hand
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a votive candle
casting a shadowy spell
in the holy place
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
through the spice bazaar
following an old woman
laden with saffron
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
open till midnight—
a sign taped to the window
restoring our hope
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
on a lamp table
two little stacks of spare change
enough for bus fare
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
from her only son
a letter written with flair—
loops and flourishes
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
a heap of rubble
where the freeway bridge once stood—
earthquake aftermath

 
© 2016 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 236

Oddities

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This week’s Sunday Whirl words: scarlet, first, struck, pair, expect, sky, save, caress, bit, spare, might, behind
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
scarlet rebozo
draped around her thin shoulders
keeping in the chill
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
first prune the plum tree
the grapes will wait till Wednesday—
the cellist knows why
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
struck by lightning bolts
the mausoleum in ruins
plumes of marble dust
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
pair of dead man’s shoes
stuffed with twenty-dollar bills
cradling baby mice
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
expect the raven
to guide you to your true home
hapless wanderer
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
sky rolls and tumbles
the fist of a thunderstorm
punching the prairie
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
save another’s dreams
stuffing them in your pocket
with lint and spare change
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
caress the old cat
until she purrs with pleasure
one more smoky night
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
bit, bridle and rein—
after an early breakfast
the journey begins
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
might stories unfold
from unexpected sources
Scheherazade knows
 
~~ 11 ~~
 
spare bedroom
hosting guests tonight
three beggars
 
~~ 12 ~~
 
behind the old doors
the gentle susurrations
of travelers’ dreams

 
© 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Panry #183
 
More The Sunday Whirl, Wordle 142