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Clumsy Attempts

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wide-awake children
in refugee settlements
whirling at midnight
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
in the poppy field
no sign of holy water—
pilgrim pushes on
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
Why begrudge the stone
underneath the forest pine
its endless silence?
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
her shouts of anger
pulling him out of his dreams
Sunday afternoon
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
a spider
bereft of its web
in mourning
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
molecules of dust
settling in the dead man’s eyes
open and staring
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
how from the crow’s tongue
seven shrill alarms clang out
over the cornfield
 
~~ 8 ~~
 
how the youngest child
fearing the sting of the wasp
runs from the meadow
 
~~ 9 ~~
 
sunny afternoon
in the middle of winter—
ten thousand questions
 
~~ 10 ~~
 
her clumsy attempts
to make sense out of nonsense—
the latest shooting

 
Haiku © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Sunday’s Whirligig #36

The Dancers

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The dancers allege
that nothing can take the place
of an all-night whirl.
 
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The dancers conceal
their true purpose in whirling
from midnight to sunrise.
 
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The dancers propose
a toast to the old fiddler,
who keeps them whirling.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetic Bloomings: “Invitation to the Dance”
 
More Three Word Wednesday: “Allege, Conceal, Propose”