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Chapter 5
Moonbeams Caress

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


As moonbeams
      caress your bare skin 
            my recollection 
            of last night reverberates
            over my mounds and valleys

How can I not touch 
      our yearning still in dreams
            pinned to rekindle 
            our relentless desire
            harbored in our starving hearts
 

 



 

Author Notes Tanka syllable count is 31 syllables or less in a short/long/short/long/long

Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari

Reverberate = to excite or stir up: (Her singing reverberated through the house.)

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 7
Mournful Loons

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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mournful loons 
      serenade me at twilight
      outside my window —
instead of my beloved 
      who rides my yearning afar

 



 

Author Notes Few birds sound as mournful as the Common Loon at night

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Gypsy


Chapter 8
~ My Beloved ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose


My Beloved 

Since you left my bed,
waves of longing drown my heart
midst our lovers-scent
in this gray foggy morning
waiting for you, my darling.

~~~~@~~~~

Time lost meaning, love
engulfed in this senseless war.
Suffering and hate
envelop my bleeding hands
that yearn to embrace you, love.

 

Author Notes SOMONKA is a Japanese verse form of 2 tankas and carries a central theme of love. Created in the 1st century AD. They were the exchange of romantic poems between court lovers.

The elements of the Somonka are: 10 lines made of 2 TANKAS; syllable count: first stanza 5/7/5/7/7 and second stanza 5/7/5/7/7; composed in the form of statement-response; can be written between two poets or one. Start with a TITLE; UNRHYMED; ABOUT LOVE.

The Somonka can be simply an exchange of romantic love poems but can be about all kinds of love: sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, friends, pets, etc ...

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Chapter 9
Moonbeams

By Gypsy Blue Rose

As moonbeams
      caresses your bare skin 
my recollection 
      of last night reverberates
      over my mounts and valleys

How can I not touch 
      our yearning still in dreams
      pinned to rekindle 
our relentless desire
      harbored in our starving hearts

 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 10
Middle of the Night

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Middle of the Night –

My pillow is too lumpy,
      the fan is too high,
      and I think of you.


I wonder if you are dead 
      so I check your Facebook page
      and your last post is old.


So I check hers 
      and there are your pictures 
      … you both look so happy.


Missing you seems wrong.
      I tell myself that I am happy
      for the two of you.


But a pain rises in my heart
      as a small breeze
     that grows into a tempest.


Hot tears run down my face
      like a cleansing river
      clearing old memories
      of you and me,
      laughing so much … so happy.
      Dancing late at night in Spain
      at a bar with too many waiters.
      You looked at me with love
      and held me tight.
     I thought it would last forever.


Pain, 
      hello again,
      I will take care of you.


Breathing in and out
      I cradle you 
      and I put you to bed.


Moon shadows cascade over us,
      and a soft rain lulls us to sleep.


Goodnight pain.
    


 

Author Notes Painting: Ikenaga Yasunari

FREE VERSE is an open form of poetry, which in its modern form arose through the French vers libre form. It does not use consistent meter patterns, rhyme, or any musical pattern.[1] It thus tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech.

Thank you for reading my free verse,

Gypsy


Chapter 11
Her Red Hair Ablaze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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her red hair ablaze
sprinkled with cherry blossoms
as the sunset dips
in the blazing horizon 
where swans sing to dying dusk

 

Author Notes HAIKAI is a Japanese comic poetry form, a linked form that developed into a more serious form in the 17th century under the influence of MATSUO BASHO. Eventually, it became HAIKU. The form is 5/7/5/7/7 stanza that can be repeated if you like.
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haikai rules and examples

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Gypsy


Chapter 12
Daydreaming Again

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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Daydreaming, again,
by our tree covered with hope

and bittersweet fruit 
in my deathly empty home 
with delusional desires.

 

Author Notes About lost love

KAIKAI is a Japanese comic poetry form, a linked form that developed into a more serious form in the 17th century under the influence of MATSUO BASHO. Eventually, it became HAIKU. The form is 5/7/5/7/7 stanza that can be repeated if you like.
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haikai rules and examples
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Gypsy

Painting -- The Day Dream, 1880 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Chapter 13
Lucid Dreams

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Haiku Club, please check my author notes


Lucid dreams of you
      dance in my tormented mind 
invoking grief 
      that I thought was long gone
like footprints beneath the snow.

 

Author Notes Lucid dreams happen when you are asleep but aware that you're dreaming, they feel vivid and real.

MODERN TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Painting: Chie Yoshi

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 14
Sweet Scents

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


Long after she's gone,
vanilla and sandalwood

linger lazily 
at emperor’s bedchamber 
amidst full bloom gardenias.

 

Author Notes Of all the materials that go in fragrances, vanilla is the most liked globally. Vanilla is an aphrodisiac. Gardenias are the number one favorite flower in Japan. Scientists believe that smell and memory are so closely linked because the brain allows olfactory signals very quickly. Experts say the memories associated with smells tend to be older and very vivid when it happens.
TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America


Painting: Chie Yoshi

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Gypsy


Chapter 15
Yearning

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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I’m yearning to find   
our lost love in this hot night
that sets bed on fire 

I burn between sheets in flames 
as the dark moon slits rough dusk 


 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where nobles competed in tanka contests and for men and women engaged in courtship. Created 1,200 years ago, it can embrace all of the human experience in its brief space with emotions of love, pity, suffering, loneliness, or death.

Tanka is succinct and may not exceed 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) but it can be less than 31 syllables in a short/long/short/long/long format because English syllables are longer than Japanese. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. Alliteration should be avoided or used sparingly. A pivot line, usually lines 3, can be read sensibly with lines 1 and 2, and also sensibly with lines 4 and 5, a property that can be used to introduce ambiguity and resonance into the poem. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

Painting: click here if you would like to see Chie Yoshii art gallery

click here if you would like to read Ono No Komachi, Ink Dark Moon, free online tanka book


Chapter 16
White Egret Orchid

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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white egret orchid
sways lazily in warm breeze –

a hothouse diva
in the plush emperor’s court
amidst envious flowers





 

Author Notes --The White Egret Flower is a species of orchid found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.
--envious = envy, jealousy

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where nobles competed in tanka contests and for men and women engaged in courtship. Created 1,200 years ago, it can embrace all of the human experience in its brief space with emotions of love, pity, suffering, loneliness, or death.

Tanka is succinct and may not exceed 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) but it can be less than 31 syllables in a short/long/short/long/long format because English syllables are longer than Japanese. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. Alliteration should be avoided or used sparingly. A pivot line, usually line 3, can be read sensibly with lines 1 and 2, and also sensibly with lines 4 and 5, a property that can be used to introduce ambiguity and resonance into the poem. for rules click here

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 17
Splendid Coral Rose

By Gypsy Blue Rose



splendid coral rose

disrobes amidst dimmed moonlight

petal by petal 

unfolds revealing pistil —

anxious virgin’s wedding night



 

Author Notes --Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari
--The pistil is part of the female reproductive structure of a flower.
--Coral Roses represent desire.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where nobles competed in tanka contests and for men and women engaged in courtship. Created 1,200 years ago, it can embrace all of the human experience in its brief space with emotions of love, pity, suffering, loneliness, or death.

Tanka is succinct and may not exceed 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) but it can be less than 31 syllables in a short/long/short/long/long format because English syllables are longer than Japanese. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. Alliteration should be avoided or used sparingly. A pivot line, usually line 3, can be read sensibly with lines 1 and 2, and also sensibly with lines 4 and 5, a property which can be used to introduce ambiguity and resonance into the poem. for rules click here

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 18
Four Million Salty Waves

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

four million   

salty waves between them —

sprinkled with her tears   

down under the same moon     

and brilliant silver stars  

 

 

 

Author Notes Australia is known as 'the land Down Under' for its position in the southern hemisphere.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 19
Cold Wind

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

cold wind blows   

ripples of gray downy mane

as she stands alert

howling a mournful call

for her long-absent wolf

Author Notes Gray Wolves are monogamous, often mating for life.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus






Chapter 22
First Cut Is The Deepest

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

That summer of youth,  

when we climbed the beach boulder 

      pressing skin to skin  —

holding on to each other

we were shocked by love’s lightning. 

 

 

 

Author Notes "The future for me is already a thing of the past. You were my first love and you will be my last" - Bob Dylan

"First cut is the deepest" is a song by Cat Stevens. It came out the summer I met my first boyfriend. I will never forget him. We did climb a boulder and every time we touched it felt like a little electric shock.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus



Chapter 23
Tangled in Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

Tangled in drenched sheets,

my longing for you grows fierce

as your scent mingles

with almonds and earthy musk —

tasting our delicious night

 

 

Author Notes Painting by Ikenaga Yasunariclick here to see his artwork

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 24
The Tree House

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

tip tap goes the rain 

outside my tree house  

drip drip from the trees 

and soaked falling leaves 

knock knock  pit-ta-pat

 

Author Notes -Ekphrastic: poem inspired by a picture
-I used some Onomatopoeia (the formation of a word, such as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.

Cinquain Tanka is a combination of a cinquain poem and a tanka. It's written using 5 lines with 5 syllables on each line. "Cinq" is French for the number 5. Tanka is a Japanese poem with five lines too. I created this new poem form. It never rhymes. You can use any subject.

Line one: 5 syllables
Line two: 5 syllables
Line tree: 5 syllables
Line four: 5 syllables
Line five: 5 syllables

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 25
* At the End of Day *

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

At the end of day, 

      laughter and passion slips away 

            as darkness envelopes 

            the dissipating memory 

            of our love

 

 

Author Notes "Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk." - Stephen King

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 26
My Love Waits For Me

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

My love waits for me

where the ocean meets the sky

and my passion burns

like the splendid setting sun

that darkly dies every night

 

 

 

Author Notes "A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." -Crystal Woods





Chapter 27
Chasing Jupiter Rings

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

chasing jupiter rings

 and kneeled aquarius  

     at her feet   —

the moon reflects on calm creek

nudging along empty dreams

 

 

 

 

Author Notes "Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." -- Kahlil Gibran

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America -- click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 28
Relentless Whine

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

relentless whine

of cicadas summer dance 

in fields of barley

as salty sweat-drops fall 

over rosette cheeks

 

 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 29
Days of Darkness

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

dad's rampant rage

thrusts through child’s broken heart 

and slaughters his innocence —

silent witness 

of mom and siblings’ painful life

 
 
 

Author Notes --Based on my friend's life.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √??????????√?????????√????????√???????√??????√?????√????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 30
Dreary Messenger

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

dreary messenger 

cloaked in black plumes

drenched in starless sky 

it brings unwelcome thoughts 

entangled in painful sharp shards 

 

aggrieved inner child

feels responsible for his sins, 

and undeserving of love, 

wed to man after man 

to get it right 'that one time' 

 

the revelation 

brings tears to her aged eyes 

forgiving her child 

enveloped in His loving arms 

no longer entrapped 

 

 

 

Author Notes for Child Help Hotline click here 800 422 4453

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 31
Cabin by Bleak Lake

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


one last chance 
to save our marriage —
we  rake
dying amber embers
in the feeble fireplace



 

Author Notes Bleak Lake, Alberta, Canada

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.


Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 32
In a World of Chaos

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

  in a world of chaos —
splendid sunrises and sunsets

come and go
over open sea and land
consistently without fail





 

 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 33
Amber Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose


crowned by amber sky 
above curvy rolling hills
of soft lush green grass
peppered with violet buds
outside moist and fragrant caves


Author Notes TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book *** click here to read Tanka Society of America *** click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 34
When I miss You Most

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For the King of Hearts



I  miss you most,

when the dying sun descends

to rise  by your bed

as I lie on bur-reeds bed

listening  to mourning doves cry





 

 

Author Notes Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari

Mourning Doves mate for life.
The mourning dove is named for its haunting and sad cooing sound.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 35
While I Sleep ...

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


while I sleep,
cherry blossoms bloom 
and petals fall in the creek —
never ending
river of life



 

Author Notes 3/5/7/4/4 = 23 Modern Tanka is 31 or LESS syllables

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 36
Unwelcomed

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


unwelcomed
magical enchantment 
that pulls it across the lake
amidst a myriad of lights  —
lonely firefly  



 

Author Notes Some people feel alone in a crowd even when we seek company and love. I used imagery, personification, and metaphor for my tanka, which is permitted for this poetic form.

"I inhale loneliness like it is the sweet smell of virgin earth conquered by fiery rain drops. Within me, I'm a thousand others." = Faraaz Kazi, Truly, Madly, Deeply

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 37
Let's Pretend

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


would you hold me,  
the way he used to hold me, 
tenderly and kind —
      I won't ask you about her
      on this cruel and cold night


let's pretend 
you're mine and hold my hand —
      I promise not to fuss
      about who you've been with and why 
      I just need to be held tight 


dreams dwindle and die, 
sometimes...for some of us —
      all we have left 
      is remembrance of romance
      amidst straits in dimmin light

 



 

Author Notes End of tanka rhyme happened organically, I didn't plan it.

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √???????√??????√?????√????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 38
Splendid Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose


splendid love
woven into my untouched 
woman curves —
      yearning for your caress

      and susurrous in my ear

 

 

Author Notes susurrous- whispers
syllable count 3/7/3/6/7
painting by ikenaga yasunari

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 39
~Tangled up in Blue~

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Intoxicating 
roses in a vase of dreams 
tangled up in blue —
      as I lie here alone 

      daydreaming of you 

Faraway, 
the sound of your pounding heart  
is a lighthouse 
      that guides me out of the dark 
      and into your arms






 

Author Notes Syllables count is 31 OR LESS= 5/7/5/6/5 & 3/7/4/7/5

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." -- Atticus

'Tangled up in blue' is a Bob Dylan song, no relation to the poem, I just liked the phrase

Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari


Chapter 40
Today, I Won't Get Up!

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Dedicated to my friend Helen (lyenochka) who loves plants


Today, I won’t get up!
I resent chirping birds 
and annoying bright sun — 
      even the morning glories 

      seem to have tousled hair.

 


 

Author Notes Top picture: the Split Second Red, Morning Glory flowers have tousled and twisted red and white petals
Bottom picture: is a regular morning glory flower.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka rules and examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read definitions and examples

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"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 41
Since the Day you Left

By Gypsy Blue Rose


since the day you left, 
my ship has fought raging winds 
and turbulent seas – 
      amidst swelling tidal waves 
      of terminal proportions

 




 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka rules and examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read definitions and examples

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Gypsy
"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." --Pablo Picasso

Print painting by Japanese artist Hokusai.


Chapter 42
Days of Darkness

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for Dean Kuch, may he rest in peace.


~ Days of Darkness ~

frightening thoughts of death  
sprinkled over my morning joe —
choking me  
like a pill too hard to swallow 
as I dawdle through dreadful days 

demise clings to my skin 
like ticks stick to dogs in skid row
where the Grim Reaper follows me close 

 
 









 

Author Notes Fictional/ I mixed two forms of poetry, Tanka and Tercet, to express the way a person with Depression may feel. (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255)

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √??????????√?????????√????????√???????√??????√?????√????√???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

TERCET is brief poem composed of three lines, forming a stanza or a complete poem. Like in a haiku, poets use minimal language to convey an idea or paint a picture. The effect is a memorable poem that invites the reader to fill in the blanks. The tercet lines are connected grammatically for a better flow. You can use alliteration, metaphor, and personification. Free verse or rhyme. click here to read RULES

picture: burak ulker

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"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 43
Life Passes By

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please see my author notes


Life passes by
faster and faster each day,
like river rapids

rush towards the vast ocean,
where drops await ascension.

 

Author Notes River Rapids are areas of shallow, fast-flowing water in a stream. Rapids tend to form in younger streams, with water flow that is straighter and faster than in older streams. how water rapids form guidebook

Ascension = to move upward or rise; going up towards the source or beginning; the bodily ascending of Christ from earth to heaven.

Ocean saltwater is exposed to the sun everyday. This creates some evaporation of the water. The water is evaporated into the air, forms or goes into clouds, and then returns in the form of precipitation. This is what is called the water cycle.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America √???√??√?¬¢?? click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus



Chapter 44
Lying on Damp Sheets

By Gypsy Blue Rose


Lying on damp sheets
stained with loneness and bad wine
as street cats in heat
meow unashamedly outside  —
we both yearn for a good catch 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

Paintings by Ikenaga Yasunari

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Chapter 45
Golden Sunset

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


Golden sunset
is warm and heavy 
with eucalyptus scent —
a promise of tomorrow
hangs in the air



 

Author Notes Modern tanka:

Tanka poetry refers to a Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally written in 5/7/5/7/7 Japanese syllables. In english is 31 syllables or less without strict form. Tanka use many literary devices, including personification, metaphors and similes to allow ample visualization.

examples of modern tanka

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Chapter 46
Flying High

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


Flying high 
over the highest mountains — 
my soul soars with eagles,

leaving behind 
withered fields.





 

 

Author Notes In Japan, the eagle is a symbol of the great power of nature that has existed since ancient times.

For Native Americans, the eagle is a symbol of honor, bravery, and mystical powers.

JISEI can be written in haiku or tanka form. This one is a Modern Tanka is 31 syllables or less in five lines

JISEI is a Japanese poem written by the poet before their own death. These poems reflect the final reflections of one's life. It was generally a tradition with zen monks but were written by poets as well. These poems originated in Japanese, Chinese and Korean cultures as far back as the 7th Century, and can be written in any poetry form, but were traditionally written in tanka or haiku style. for more information click here ====== for more information click here

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Chapter 47
Evergreen Pines

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

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Evergreen pines

stitch a quilt of needles 

scented with minty myrrh.

Do they know autumn arrived

by fall’s wind .............. crispy and cold?

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Author Notes Myrrh is an aromatic scent, especially in pine trees

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 48
Cicada Sonata

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules, please check my author notes

 

Enveloped in pain
and wretched remembrance, 
while bathed in darkness, 
with my cicada-companions, 
and their solace sonata.







 

Author Notes Sonata is a musical composition for one or two instruments

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 49
Amber Ember Burns

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:A New Form I Created

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of language.


Where luscious ground grew 

amber embers burn —

our Mother Nature 

tries to heal herself

as dicks’ cig-butts fly

 

 

Author Notes *A new poetic form I created.

Cinquain Tanka is a combination of a cinquain poem and a tanka. It's written using 5 lines with 5 syllables on each line. "Cinq" is French for the number 5. Tanka is a Japanese poem with five lines too. I created this new poem form. It never rhymes. You can use any subject.

Line one: 5 syllables
Line two: 5 syllables
Line tree: 5 syllables
Line four: 5 syllables
Line five: 5 syllables

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Chapter 50
In Your Absence

By Gypsy Blue Rose



In your absence,
I hold on to the moonlight,
that covers my flesh,
with dreamy silver stardust,
to quell my yearning till tonight.





 

Author Notes Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 52
Awake with Longing

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes


awake with longing
      of your tight and gentle hug 
      dipped in love tonight —
daydreaming of your moist lips
      and clear aquamarine eyes

 



 

Author Notes TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 53
Geisha Glides Gracefully

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

Geisha glides gracefully  

across bamboo floor 

as breeze brushes 

her jet-black hair off her face ~ 

gentle jasmine scent follows  

 

 

Author Notes Geisha are a class of female Japanese performing artists and entertainers trained in traditional Japanese performing arts styles, such as dance, music, and singing, as well as proficient conversationalists and hosts. for more information click here
TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a succinct manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes.
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click here if you want to read free online tanka book
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 54
Dusk Deepens

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

Dusk deepens 

with vixen’s cries for her mate,   

as my tears free fall  

on lily-scented pillow 

musing about one-sided love

 

 

Author Notes -- When a female fox (or 'vixen') calls for her mate (or dog) sounds like a woman crying.
-- Vixen = a female fox; an attractive woman
-- Artwork by Chie Yoshii click here if you want to see more

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a succinct manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes.
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here if you want to read free online tanka book
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 55
Natal Plum Thorns

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Tanka Using All 5 Senses:

 

Natal plum thorns

have risen between us

and if I can't have you 

my life has no meaning 

bitter saps taste like the end

 

Light gray mist

drifts over crashing waves

that sound like rage 

with fierce grief of lost love 

tangled in salty pungent scent 

 

 

Author Notes "Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavory guide.
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy seasick, weary bark.
Here's to my love" (drinks the poison) om - 'Romeo and Juliet'

Most Tanka poems are written by women poets.

Natal Plum is a hardy barrier shrub with edible fruit. The shrub produces two-inch forked thorns covered in glossy green poisonous white sap when broken.

Barbara Wilkey challenge me to use all senses. In these tankas, I use "touch, hearing. sight, smell and taste".

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a succinct manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes.
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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

Painting by Chie Yoshii click here if you want to see more


Chapter 56
Wandering Heart

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
my heart glides smoothly
over golden fields of barley
riding autumn breeze
as it meanders the path
we strolled ... when we were one
 
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago.
FORM:
It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes.
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click here if you want to see tanka rules
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 57
Bearing Witness

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
Sitting here with you
I bear witness to the beauty
of a blazing sunset
ignoring reasons to fly —
longing love birds
 
 

 
 
 

Author Notes "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." -- Corinthians 13:4-7

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago.
FORM:
It's written succinctly with 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes.
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click here if you want to see tanka rules
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 58
Round Mounds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
round mounds
damped with dawn's hazy blue
and sprinkled drizzle
topped with evergreen trees —
thinking about wet t-shirt contests
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Modern Tanka is a Japanese short free verse poem written in 5 lines and 31 syllables OR LESS. If you want to read more, please check the rules and source links below.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a concise manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes.
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click here if you want to read modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here if you want to read modern tanka rules


Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 59
Cherry Orchard

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
cherry orchard
where rowdy crickets
bake under the sun,
dad picks priceless ruby fruit 
for his little princess
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Modern Tanka is a Japanese short free verse poem written in 5 lines and 31 syllables OR LESS. This tanka has 4/5/5/7/6 = 27 syllables. If you want to read more, please check the rules and source links below.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a concise manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes.
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click here if you want to read modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here if you want to read modern tanka rules


Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 60
Strawberry Moon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
bathing beneath
delicious strawberry moon
    deep in desire  —
embraced in my lover's arms
hungry for chocolate-covered love
 
 

 

Author Notes Strawberry moon happens in June.

I'm inspired by Japanese women poets. Tanka Poems are written primarily by women. One of them was, Yosano Akiko. Besides writing tanka, she was also an essayist, autobiographer, and novelist. Her first tanka collection was called -Tangled Hair -. She wrote prolifically to help support her family. (She gave birth to 13 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood.) A prominent pacifist and feminist. She later founded a women's college, in 1921, and advocated for women's rights and education. She was a socialist sympathizer, and openly opposed the war in the twentieth century. for more information click here

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago.
FORM:
It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes.
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click here if you want to see tanka rules
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy
Hand over the chocolate and nobody gets hurt.


Chapter 61
In Your Eyes

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
Looking into your eyes
where eternal love lies quietly 
     in night's blue creek   —
as cool waves wash over me
purging all doubts
 
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago.
FORM:
It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes.
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click here if you want to see tanka rules
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 62
Dusk Slips Through The Window

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

Dusk slips through the window
dressed in silver dust and dreams
of clandestine love —
woken by pebbles on glass
clickety-clack tap tap

 
 
 
 

 

Author Notes Clandestine = executed with secrecy or concealment

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago.
FORM:
It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes.
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click here if you want to see tanka rules
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus
6gh


Chapter 63
Dark Halls

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
chunks of the past
sprinkled with sugar-covered tears 
     in dark rooms  —
love songs echo in empty halls
tangled with broken promises 
 

 

Author Notes 4/8/3/8/8 = 31 syllables *** picture from google public domain

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago.
FORM:
It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes.
==============================================================================
click here if you want to see tanka rules
==============================================================================
click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
==============================================================================
click here to read Tanka Society of America
==============================================================================
click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 64
Cerulean Moon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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cerulean moon
tangled in summer breeze
follows the path to your door
amid stargazer lilies
that bow down to you
 
 

 

Author Notes 5/6/7/7/5 = 30 syllables

Stargazer lily is part of an oriental group of lilies. They are known for their fragrant perfume. They bloom mid-to-late summer. Heavy flowers bow pointed down to the ground.

MANYOSHU is the oldest poem collection in Japan in the 8th century. FORM = written in 5 lines with 31 syllables or less. They are dedicated to a loved one ( romantic, missing, losing, or deeply depressed.)
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Gypsy hugs
"Love the ones who understand you and forget the ones that don't." - Nikki Rowe


Chapter 65
Wind Weaver Whispers

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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wind weaver whispers
your name across the land
swooshing and whooshing
as capricious creeks meander
to your thirsty backyard
 
 

 

Author Notes Capricious = unpredictable

MANYOSHU is the oldest poem collection in Japan in the 8th century. FORM = written in 5 lines with 31 syllables or less. They are dedicated to a loved one ( romantic, missing, losing, or deeply depressed.)
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Gypsy hugs
"Love the ones who understand you and forget the ones that don't." - Nikki Rowe


Chapter 66
Treading Water

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


 
treading water
in your aquamarine eyes
midst seas of longing;
clad in celeste blue sky
and voluptuous waves
 



 

Author Notes Celeste is a shade of blue; in Latin means 'heavenly'

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes.
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click here if you want to see tanka rules
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click here if you want to see modern tanka examples
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click here to read Tanka Society of America
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click here to read why is 5/7/5 OR LESS rule
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click here to read Masterpiece Classes
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Gypsy Word Weaver
stitching a quilt of joy, laughter, and tears


Chapter 67
Lotus Moon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
 
lotus moon,
my companion on this cold night,
melts into a sea of time
as aloof waves come and go
like your treacherous love




 

Author Notes The new moon in June is known in some cultures as 'The Lotus Moon'

Tanka is mostly written by women. These poetesses inspire me to write tanka poems:

Ono no Komachi ( 825 - 900) was a Japanese tanka poet, one of the six best poets of the early Heian period. She was renowned for her unusual beauty. Wikipedia

Izumi Shikibu ( born in 976 ) is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She "is considered the greatest woman poet of the Heian period. Wikipedia

Murasaki Shikibu "Lady Murasaki"; (973 -1025) was a Japanese poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court. She is widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Wikipedia

Yosano Akiko (1878 - 1942) was a Japanese poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, She is one of the most noted, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Wikipedia

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Gypsy Word Weaver


Chapter 68
Deep in Dew

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
deep in dew,
maple leaves turn crimson red
where the horizon
welcomes the blazing sky, 
glide crisp autumn breeze
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Art is the language of the soul

picture from google public domain


Chapter 69
By Candlelight

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
by candlelight,
poet pours grief over paper
with ink and quill ~
bleeding melancholic notions
of the soul's dark night
 
 

Author Notes The phrase, "of the soul's dark night" is used to describe an extremely difficult and painful period in one's life, for example, after the death of a loved one; the break-up of a marriage; or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 70
Broken Heart

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
broken heart bleeds
red poppy petals in the wind
at our golden beach
where my set of footprints fade
beneath hourglass sand waves
 
 


 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy Word Weaver

Tanka is mostly written by women. These poetesses inspire me to write tanka poems.

Ono no Komachi ( 825 - 900) was a Japanese tanka poet, one of the six best poets of the early Heian period. She was renowned for her unusual beauty. Wikipedia

Izumi Shikibu ( born in 976 ) is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She "is considered the greatest woman poet of the Heian period.

Murasaki Shikibu "Lady Murasaki"; (973 - 1025) was a Japanese poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court. She is widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Wikipedia

Yosano Akiko (1878 - 1942) was a Japanese poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, She is one of the most noted, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Wikipedia

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 71
Crimson Leaf

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
crimson leaf
whorls and spirals in the breeze
swishing all the way down
as oak tree disrobes shamelessly
its amber and gold gown
 
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 72
Perfect Christmas Gift

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
dressed like Mrs. Claus
with candy cane stockings
and red velvet dress
sits by blazing fireplace 
as I wait beneath mistletoe
 
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

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The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid. Atticus



Chapter 73
The Blue Nightingale

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
 
blue nightingale sings
on midsummer's eve
where my lover
     waits on the shores of dreams —
 my heart beats only for him
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Juliet: "Believe me, love, it was the nightingale."
Romeo: "It was the lark, the herald of the morn".


TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

Picture Chie Yoshii Click here if you want to see Chie Yoshii art collection

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Gypsy Word Weaver

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Tanka is mostly written by women. These poetesses inspire me to write tanka poems.
Ono no Komachi ( 825 √????√???√??√?¬¢?? 900) was a Japanese tanka poet, one of the six best poets of the early Heian period. She was renowned for her unusual beauty. Wikipedia
Izumi Shikibu ( born in 976 ) is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She "is considered the greatest woman poet of the Heian period.
Murasaki Shikibu "Lady Murasaki"; (.√????√???√??√?¬¢??973 √????√???√??√?¬¢?? 1025) was a Japanese poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court. She is widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Wikipedia

Yosano Akiko (1878 √????√???√??√?¬¢?? 1942) was a Japanese poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, She is one of the most noted, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Wikipedia


Chapter 74
He's Gone

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

 
 
 
Out of control,
I cling on to my empty bed
and dread dawn
as another day is on its way —
I know it's over - still I grip
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. wikipedia
for more info click here

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Art is the language of the heart


Chapter 75
The Grim's Danse Macabre

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for Dean Kuch


 
 
my grief rages across the mire

to my beloved's grave

where I watch in disbelief

the Grim dancing with the dead

in a dismal black haze
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes -The Grim = is an omen of death, a shape-shifting black dog in the 17th-century.

-The Danse Macabre is a strange tradition from the Late Middle Ages. Artists depicted people dancing with decaying corpses and skeletons, to express their fascination with death.

GOGYOHKA is a five line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, metaphor are okay but never rhymes. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. wikipedia
for more info click here

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Chapter 76
Raging Thunderous Wind

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 

raging thunderous wind
heralds winter's around the bend
when sweet cicely seeds wait
with hearts full of spring
and mountain air
 
 

 

Author Notes Mountain Sweet Cicely is a flowering plant native to western North America‚??s forested areas. Many Native American groups used this plant for a great variety of medicinal purposes.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different thank English syllables. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 77
Unwavering Rock Reef

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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white waves collide
'gainst unwavering rock reef
as my faith flutters
in winter's wind
'cause He's taken my love ... again

feeling all alone
with no one to hold my hand
crying like a motherless child
at His feet
warmly embraced by sunlight
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but it never rhymes. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. wikipedia
for more info click here

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Chapter 78
Loving Gaea

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
fingers contour
smooth mounds and valleys
warm and luscious
midst lavender and lemons
scented breeze and autumn rain
 

 

Author Notes The title is inspired by Gaea, the Earth Goddess, but is not necessarily what the poem is about.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy Word Weaver

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TANKA is mostly written by women. These poetesses, among others, inspire me to write tanka poems.

Ono no Komachi ( 825 - 900) was a Japanese tanka poet, one of the six best poets of the early Heian period. She was renowned for her unusual beauty. Wikipedia

Izumi Shikibu ( born in 976 ) is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She "is considered the greatest woman poet of the Heian period.

Murasaki Shikibu "Lady Murasaki"; (973 - 1025) was a Japanese poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court. She is widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Wikipedia

Yosano Akiko (1878 -1942) was a Japanese poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, She is one of the most noted, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Wikipedia


Chapter 79
Loon's Melancholic Songs

By Gypsy Blue Rose


 
 
in the longest night of winter,
loon sings melancholic songs
drizzled with anguish-filled notes —
in solidarity,
I drench my pillow crying along
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Fiction

Loons make a mournful sound. When darkness falls, Loons make wolf-like wails that are haunting

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. wikipediafor more info click here

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"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." - Kahlil Gibran


Chapter 80
Wintry Dusk

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
wintry dusk

riding waves of love

by the bay

midst mystical silver mist

delightfully lost in your embrace
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America
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Gypsy Word Weaver

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WOMEN TANKA was primarily written by women. These poetesses inspire me to write tanka poems.

Ono no Komachi ( 825 - 900) was a Japanese tanka poet, one of the six best poets of the early Heian period. She was renowned for her unusual beauty. Wikipedia

Izumi Shikibu ( born in 976 ) is a member of the Thirty-six Medieval Poetry Immortals. She "is considered the greatest woman poet of the Heian period.

Murasaki Shikibu "Lady Murasaki"; (973 -1025) was a Japanese poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court. She is widely considered one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Wikipedia

Yosano Akiko (1878 - 1942) was a Japanese poet, pioneering feminist, pacifist, and social reformer, She is one of the most noted, and most controversial, post-classical woman poets of Japan. Wikipedia


Chapter 81
Persephone's Pomegranate

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
flowers' sweet scent
tangled in summer's breeze
is captivating and brief  —
Queen's gone to the underworld 
and the land's left in the cold

mother's little girl
was taken so young from mom
and joy left with her —
now wintry days are dark
and frigid nights are long

 

 

Author Notes PERSEPHONE is a character in a Greek myth. In reality, it would be a horror story about a kidnapping, an incestual relationship, and statutory rape. The story is about a girl kidnapped by her uncle and taken to hell. He was 2000 years old and she was 19 years old.

Persephone's Greek Myth: Persephone, is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She became the queen of the underworld after her abduction by her uncle Hades, the king of the underworld. She missed her mother, Demeter, Goddess of Nature and the Seasons. Hades was in-love with Persophony and to make her happy, he allowed her to go back to the surface to visit Demeter six months out of the year. In time, Persephone came to love Hades. The myth of taking her to the underworld and temporarily returning her to the surface represents the embodiment of spring and her return to the underworld represents winter. In Classical Greek art, Persephone is invariably portrayed as robed, often carrying a pomegranate.

Painting by Chie Yoshii

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form that originated in Japan's Imperial Court, where the men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka after an intimate night. This poetic form was created 1,200 years ago. FORM: It's written in a concise manner of 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary and it never rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules - click here if you want to see modern tanka examples - click here to read Tanka Society of America
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Gypsy Word Weaver
"Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Chapter 82
On Dragon Wings

By Gypsy Blue Rose

On dragon wings   

dreams travel to faraway lands 

where a myriad of stars 

in winter skies 

dance in her eyes  

 

 

Author Notes Myriad is a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things.

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. wikipediafor more info click here

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Gypsy Word Weaver
"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." - Kahlil Gibran


Chapter 83
Tidal Waves

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

tide up
in the ebbing tidal waves
of one-sided love
pulling towards deep oceans
of ambiguity
 

 

Author Notes Ambiguity = doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention:

Ebbing tide = is the tidal phase during which the tidal current is flowing seaward

TANKA is a romantic Japanese poetic form that originated in the Japanese Imperial Court, where men and women engaged in courtship would exchange tanka. The form was created 1,200 years ago. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format because Japanese and English syllables are different. Personification, metaphor, simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see tanka rules -- click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Chapter 84
Mournful Loon's Winter Wail

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules and information, please check my author notes

 
 

I'll miss you the most
when gray dusk mist settles
upon the reeds
where the   
loons' winter wail
spears my heart
 


 

Author Notes Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS format.

For examples click here

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Gypsy Sensei
Word Weaver


Chapter 85
My Yearning

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules and information, please check my author notes

 
 
yearning for you
glides over green Mount Love
 in warm summer breeze   —
 
feet caress cotton candy clouds
& heart beats to rushing creeks

 
 
 
 

 

Author Notes Mount Love is a real mountain close to my home in southern California.

Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format.

For examples click here

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Gypsy Sensei
Word Weaver


Chapter 86
Raging Rapid River

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules and information, please check my author notes

 
 

since you left me,
my heart floats aimlessly
in raging rapid rivers
of silent tears rushing to God
for forgiveness and peace
 

 

Author Notes Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking. Modern tanka can be any subject.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format.

For examples click here


Chapter 87
Cocooned in Silk Sheets

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
cocooned in silk sheets
 
dusted with manic night dreams
 
of passionate love
 
floating on waves up and down
 
till butterflies fly away
 

 
 
 

Author Notes Manic nights reference is about my bipolar manic episodes.

Metaphor of Silk cocoon and butterflies symbol of change

Caterpillars move in a wave motion

I liked the imagery

Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format.

For examples click here

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." - Atticus


Chapter 88
Yesterday Child

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules and information, please check my author notes

 
 

sweet yesterday child

hides in toasted wheat fields

to keep innocence safe

away from dark dirty hands ~

bound in chains of shame
 
 



 

Author Notes Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS format.

For examples click here

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Gypsy Sensei


Chapter 89
Knee Deep in Dew

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules and information, please check my author notes

 
 
knee-deep in dew,
my bared skin soft and moist
like silk in the rain —
passion spreads across the floor
burnt in his memory ... forever
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS in a short/long/short/long/long format.

For examples click here

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Gypsy Sensei, Word Weaver


Chapter 90
Our Last Vacation

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for rules and information, please check my author notes

 
 
Our Last Vacation

furious winds rage
through narrow gorge valleys
of forgotten canyons
where ancient streams cut stone —
there ... our impossible love dies



 

Author Notes Gorge is a narrow valley between mountains, with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it.

Tanka is one of the oldest types of Japanese poetry. It begun in the Emperial Court, where lovers exchanged a tanka after a night of lovemaking.

Tanka in Japan, is 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 form, but in English is 31 syllables OR LESS

For examples click here

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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason" -- Novalis

Picture is the Grand Canyon National Park, Utah


Chapter 91
The Caterpillar

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

caterpillar eats
   tough grape leaves in the garden  —
dreaming of sweet nectar,
soaring over the fence's gate,
and flying beyond

 
 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form. The form was created 1,200 years ago. It used to be written between lovers but now you can write about anything you want. Like haiku, it's written in a succinct manner in 31 syllables (5/7/5/7/7) OR LESS. Personification, metaphor, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Capitalization and punctuation should only be used when necessary. No end rhymes. click here if you want to see modern tanka examples -- click here if you want to read free online tanka book -- click here to read Tanka Society of America

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus



Chapter 92
Dripping Berry Juice

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
Dripping berry juice
over plum shade pulp paper
as she writes poems
     of yearning and moonless nights —
red drops of a broken heart
 



 

Author Notes Pulp is the major raw material used in papermaking; handmade paper is thicker than normal with the pulp more visible; you can add any color you want.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form written in 31 syllables or less. The Japanese form is 5/7/5/7/7 but in English it's usually shorter than that due to the difference in Japanese and English syllables. The form was created 1,300 years ago in the Imperial Court where lovers would exchange tanka after a night together. With modern tanka you can write about any subject you chose. You may use poetic devices: personification, metaphor, alliteration, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Keep capitalization and punctuation to a minimum. No end rhymes. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules




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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 93
Relentless Feather Reeds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
relentless feather reeds
flourish in wet marsh mire
where a breeding crane
moans a lonesome yearning song —
I wait for love with the bird 

 
 

Author Notes In the last line, "I" means a woman (an observer). She waits for love (mate) with the crane.

Cranes are solitary birds during the breeding season but during the non-breeding season, most species are gregarious, forming large flocks. Cranes give loud, rattling bugle calls. They also give moans, hisses, gooselike honks, and snoring sounds.

MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form written in 31 syllables or less. The Japanese form is 5/7/5/7/7 but in English it√???√??√?¬¢??s usually shorter than that due to the difference in Japanese and English syllables. The form was created 1,300 years ago in the Imperial Court where lovers would exchange tanka after a night together. With modern tanka you can write about any subject you chose. You may use poetic devices: personification, metaphor, alliteration, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Keep capitalization and punctuation to a minimum. No end rhymes. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules




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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 94
~ Deep in Dew ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
deep in dew,
in faraway Spanish hills,
    red poppies grow —

I reminisce where dreams dwell
of a child's plan to explore
 




 

Author Notes I grew up in Spain and moved to America on my 16th birthday. As a child, I dreamed about moving to California, where my aunt lived.

TANKA is a Japanese poetic form written in 31 syllables or less. The Japanese form is 5/7/5/7/7 but in English, it's usually shorter than that due to the difference in Japanese and English syllables. The form was created 1,300 years ago in the Imperial Court where lovers would exchange tanka after a night together. With tanka, you can write about any subject you chose. You may use poetic devices: personification, metaphor, alliteration, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Keep capitalization and punctuation to a minimum. No end rhymes. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 95
His Scent

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For the Temptation Contest

 
 
 
His scent in the wind

     captures my yearning soul —

I'm bound by love

that I cannot control

as he strolls on green fields ... with her

 

 

 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese poetic form written in 31 syllables or less. The Japanese form is 5/7/5/7/7 but in English it's usually shorter than that due to the difference in Japanese and English syllables. The form was created 1,300 years ago in the Imperial Court where lovers would exchange tanka after a night together. With modern tanka you can write about any subject you chose. You may use poetic devices: personification, metaphor, alliteration, and simile are permitted in Tanka. Keep capitalization and punctuation to a minimum. No end rhymes. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 96
Tangled in Southern Wind

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

I’m carried away 

tangled in a southern wind

hoping to reach you

as you awake with the sun

and I'm still wrapped in the night 

 

Author Notes
Tanka (which means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader.

They are free verse without meter and rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables in Japanese and 31 syllables or LESS in the English language. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible.

Usually, the third line must transition from the descriptive and image-focused beginning lines into a reflective last two lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification.

The subject matter can vary, but many poets choose a subject that's emotionally stirring or quietly profound. Traditionally, tanka has addressed a limited number of themes -seasons, love, travel, and death; but contemporary tanka tackles a much wider range of topics.

Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. Moreover, in most cases, the "I" in the text closely resembles the poet's private life. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 97
I'm a Fool

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
I'm a fool,
    for still loving you —
I yearn to be
close to you for another night
as the moon chases the sun
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 98
Stardust on Her Hair

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
stardust on her hair
with rays of Jupiter in her eyes —
while she's cradled
in the creamy crescent moon
dreaming of the starry sky
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Modern Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan. It evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Modern Tanka doesn't always transition in the third line, like in classic tanka, But it does include descriptive and reflective structure. Tanka uses metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 99
Wounded Doe

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


 
 
wounded doe
takes different path than deer mate 
by the frozen creek —
below its cold surface
flowing river rages through



 

Author Notes Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 100
~ Moonbeam ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
moonbeam pulls
across a sea of brilliant stars —
tenderness lost
once more in the love dance
of the amorous firefly
 
 


 

Author Notes Amorous = expressing love

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 101
Blending Souls

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

once your being
blended with mine
   we were one —
I thanked God every day
for bringing you into my life

little things every day
like love notes in your lunch bag
    to feed your heart —
your pleasure was mine
my curbs against your lines

your breath was my zest
     purpose and reason to be —
as we planned
the rest of our lives
I didn't know what was to come

but all good things
eventually, come to an end
     for the unlucky ones —
no more love notes in his lunch
and my breath almost the last

I asked God why
and He answered,
     my life must go on —
He had plans for me yet
and love that would never end


 

Author Notes "If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were. Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you." - Kahlil Gibran

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 102
Sags on Blades of Grass

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
bent by heavy weight
of old age and forgotten youth
sags on blades of grass
     soaked in salty tedious days —
the sunflower





 

Author Notes Modern Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. In Japan they follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 -- 31 syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 103
I Crave Your Lips

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Happy Valentine's Day

 
 
I crave your lips
dipped in sweet ambrosia 
and red wine —
it's easy to get lost in you
drunk with fierce lustful love

I roam vacant streets
starved for your burning passion —
bread doesn't nourish
water doesn't quench my thirst
all I need is your love
 

 

 

Author Notes Ambrosia = food of the gods; something delicious to taste or smell.

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 104
Awake at Dawn

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Happy Valentine's Day

 
 
 
Awake at dawn
hungry for your contagious laugh —
sounds like an angel's song
your hands are ripe harvest
rooted in red musky earth

I want to kiss
the sunbeam bathing your skin —
and be tickled
by your batting lashes
and the twinkle of your eyes
 
 
 

 

 

Author Notes Modern Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka poets use metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 105
Fancy Red Diamonds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
I don't have gold to give
or fancy red diamonds —
but I bring you
a bag of winter wishes
and spring promises
 


 

Author Notes Red diamonds are the rarest and some of the most expensive in the world. Also known as Fancy Reds. The majority of the world's red diamonds come from Australia

TankaTanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 106
A Million Stars

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

 
 
 
kiss me one more time
as your open flower blooms
    in my trembling hands —
while raging waves crash on rocks
and burst like a million stars
 
 

Author Notes Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 107
Spring Nymph

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
Spring Nymph

crowned in technicolor blooms

     and sprinkled with dew —

reaching for the radiant sun

who fails to play it cool
 
 
 

Author Notes A nymph in ancient Greek folklore is a female personification of nature depicted as a maiden.

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 108
Cinders Still Burn

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
cinders still burn
in our empty cabin's hearth
where decaying debris
and moribund memories of us
refuse to leave
 
 



 

Author Notes Moribund = in a dying state; near death:

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus




Chapter 109
Upside Down World

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

you tip my world
upside down as never before —
beneath a canopy
of ten thousand bright stars
and a dark new moon

Author Notes -- Ekphrastic poems are inspired by a picture or painting

-- Syllables count: 4/8/6/6/5 = 29 -- the rule is 31 syllables OR LESS

-- Considering all the stars visible in all directions around Earth, it's estimated to be about 10,000 stars.

-- The new moon is not visible because it's behind the sun.

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 110
Dancing Till Dusk

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
dancing till dusk
on eternity road —
      our long shadows
      keeping up with frolicking feet
      and thunderous laughter
 
 
 


 

Author Notes 4/6/4/7/6 = 28 syllables, the rule is 31 syllables or less

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 111
My Desert Rose

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
dancing with you

on a deserted desert road

      as wind tousles your hair —

I wait for a drop of love

to quench my thirst
 
 
 


 
 

Author Notes 4/8/6/7/4 = 29 syllables, rules are 31 syllables OR LESS

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 112
Moody Afternoon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
Moody afternoon

on this grayish rainy day —
 
makes me think of you

and the many days we shared.

Let the pain be washed away
 
 

Author Notes Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus
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Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus



Chapter 113
Romancing Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
romancing love
but I'm so out of touch
every single time
it slips through my fingers
and there's no one left in sight


now it's only me
with a deep sleeping grief
inside my heart
and I know I'm going to love him
for a long long time


 

 

Author Notes Inspired by a song by Linda Ronstadt- Long Long Time

" 'Cause I've done everything I know
To try and make you mine
And I think I'm gonna love you
For a long long time"

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 114
Blue Sea Holly

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
western winds take me
where ocean waves touch my feet
~ coming and going ~
as they please to entice
and bewilder my practical self

 

 

Author Notes Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

The pictures: Sea Holly, is a species of flowering plant native to central and southeastern Europe and Central Asia.


Chapter 115
Winds of Change

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
winds of change

     thrust my torn moribund heart —

tethered to old ways

of two broken and lost souls

feeding childhood's pent up pain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Author Notes moribund = near death

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

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Chapter 116
Don't Go Chasing Dreams

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
 
don't go chasing dreams

    of a father you don't have —

as fate splits your paths

you follow the road alone

and grey clouds cry for you both
 
 
 

 

Author Notes Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

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Chapter 117
Waiting for You

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
waiting for you

   by the burbling bubbling brook —

that zigzags

over rocks and branches

covered with contagious laughter


 

 

Author Notes Modern Tanka (tanka means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka uses metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for your time and kind review.

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 118
~*~ Murder of Crows ~*~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

condolence

    to lingering late winter —

my shriveled plants 

and murder of crows say goodbye

to soon-to-be ‘dearly departed’

 

 

 

Author Notes Looking forward to Spring that starts on Monday, March 20, 2023

A murder of crows is a group of crows

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 119
At the Cliff's Edge

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

cruel cold wind assaults

my bare skin and tousled hair

at the cliff’s edge – 

a deep black hole in my chest

you cursed me with when you left 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Suicide Prevention Crisis Line = 988

A black hole is a region of space where gravity is so strong that nothing escapes.

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus

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Chapter 120
Surrendered

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

 

surrendered  

to capricious lunar tides  

   as they rise and fall  —

over brilliant golden shores  

tangled in turbulent love 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Capricious = led by a sudden an unpredictable change
Lunar tides = are the mutual attraction between the sea and the moon

Tanka (means short poetry) originated 1300 years ago in Japan's Imperial Court where lovers exchanged tanka after a night together. Tanka evokes vivid imagery and reflection for the reader. They are free verse without meter or rhyme. They follow a 5 lines pattern of 5/7/5/7/7 (31) syllables or LESS because English syllables are different than Japanese syllables. The goal, as with most Japanese poetry, is to write as succinctly as possible. Tanka transitions from the descriptive top two lines into the reflective bottom three lines, using metaphor, simile, or personification. Modern Tanka rules are not as strict. The subject matter can vary, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka is usually written in the first-person narrator's point of view. === click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." --Atticus


Chapter 121
Scotty, the Bear

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Dedicated to my son



discarded Scotty

     once precious, now on your room's floor —

collecting dust

amidst laughter trapped inside

this capsule caught in time





 

Author Notes My son had a teddy bear called 'Scotty' when he was little. He took it everywhere. Now my son is all grown up with a family of his own.

Tanka is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
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"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 122
Aquamarine Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
aquamarine sky

captured in your soulful eyes
 
where I lost my heart

          sailing through seas of time

          to touch your velvety sienna  skin
 
 


 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 123
Your Return

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

 

the sexy black dress

I bought to celebrate

your return

    hangs in the closet untouched —

dried petals scattered on the floor

 
 
 
 

Author Notes MODERN TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem is not as structured as the classic tanka. The syllables and number of lines vary but it's a short poem. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. Modern Tanka poets can use any of the following: punctuation, alliteration, metaphor, simile, and personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Modern Tanka originated in the twenty century click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy

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Chapter 124
Riding the Sea Breeze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

Old Spice rides sea breeze

      entwined in musk sandalwood

allures my heart

      and stirs tempestuous lust

yearning for your touch

      my body leaning towards yours

millennium dance

      making love with you at dusk
 
 
 
 
 


 

Author Notes Jiyu-shi is a modern Japanese free-style poetic form developed in Japan in the 19th century. The form consists of 5/7 stanza, you may write one or more stanzas = source

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Chapter 125
Red Poppies Forever

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
red poppies grow
on the old war's battle field
where soldiers spilled their blood
 
 
 
 
 


Chapter 126
In Love With Being In Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

tantalizing 

memories of your warm breath 

tangled in my hair  

and my tender breasts captive

of your strong gentle hands 

 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines.

One of the oldest Japanese forms, tanka originated in the seventh century, and quickly became the preferred verse form not only in the Japanese Imperial Court, where nobles competed in tanka contests but for women and men engaged in courtship.

The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

painting by Ikenaga Yasunari


Chapter 127
~ Winter Night ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
winter night
I cuddle with the sweater
     that still holds your scent —
the rest of your clothes
in Goodwill boxes
 
 
 

Author Notes (for our fanstory friends in other countries) In America, Goodwill is a nonprofit organization that collects donations and uses the money to benefit destitute people. Sometimes, when people die, their clothes are donated to Goodwill.

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

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Gypsy Word Weaver


Chapter 128
Abandoned

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

 
 
abandoned,
your boat surrendered to sand
    waiting to earn purpose —
the vacant beach house collects dust
and echoes of living cling to bare walls
 
 
 
 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

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Gypsy


Chapter 129
Empty Room

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

 
 
in the dark nursery,
unopened boxes
of bassinet and newborn clothes
stand next to dead lilies
and baby's breath
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Baby's breath is a flower commonly used in flower arrangements.

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

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Gypsy


Chapter 130
Raging Autumn Gale

By Gypsy Blue Rose

raging autumn gale

blasts the moors outside my home

as the blazing sunset  

sets my longing heart aflame

amidst the ashes of my one-sided love 

 

 

 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia
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Gypsy


Chapter 131
When You Come

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

 
 
 
you come in my dreams

     bearing gifts beyond my needs —

but many women

throw themselves at your feet

perhaps, much better than me
 


still, you smile my way

     and seem satisfied and pleased —

but I make excuses in my mind

of why you should reject my heart

when you come


 
 

 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllables count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

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Gypsy

Painting by Ikenaga Yasunari


Chapter 132
Your Number One Fan

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

my heart skips a beat 

when I see you on the street

  •      surrounded by fans'selfies —

I can tell you love it,

as I watch you from afar

 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.


Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

Picture: Pedro Pascal
Title: phrase from a Stephen King book, "Misery" - "I'm your number one fan"


Chapter 133
Deep Midnight Eyes

By Gypsy Blue Rose

I lose myself  

in your deep midnight eyes  

and sweet nectar lips 

      immersed in your massive sea 

      my passion ablaze 

      in raging winds

 

 

 

Author Notes KANSHI√¢??s FORM IS WRITTEN IN 5 to 7 SYLLABLES AND 4 to 8 LINES. Japanese poets wrote in classical Chinese during the Tang Dynasty in the Heian Era (794-1185), Chinese was the language of courts in Japan. Kanshi was practiced and enjoyed only by aristocrats at the beginning but has remained popular throughout Japanese history, especially among academics and intellectuals. more info from wikipedia -- more info from simplyhaiku.com -- the HaikuFoundation.org

Gypsy
"learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist". - Picasso

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Chapter 134
~ Burning the Midnight Oil ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
burning the midnight oil
writing love poems for you
but you don't know me 

          though we share
          the same street, moon, and sky

                    and we hear the same
                    mournful potoo bird
 
 

Author Notes -- If someone is burning the midnight oil, they are staying up very late to write.
-- Potoo birds carry a mournful song, one of the most haunting in the bird world.


KANSHI FORM IS WRITTEN IN 5 to 7 SYLLABLES AND 4 to 8 LINES. Japanese poets wrote in classical Chinese during the Tang Dynasty in the Heian Era (794-1185), Chinese was the language of courts in Japan. Kanshi was practiced and enjoyed only by aristocrats at the beginning but has remained popular throughout Japanese history, especially among academics and intellectuals. more info from wikipedia -- more info from simplyhaiku.com -- the HaikuFoundation.org

Gypsy
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus


Chapter 135
Riding Jasmine Winds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Romantic poem done in good taste

 
 
riding jasmine winds
on golden wings of desire
gliding over you
plumes delicately touching
your soft sienna skin

sunset's shadows
caress the places I kissed
veiled with salty drops
over rapturous hearts
and our well-used bed aflame


 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 136
Queen of Spring

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
from the mountaintop
    I see as far as my eyes can reach —
    where the queen of spring 
is covered with marigolds
and crowned with dusk
 
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 137
Bittern Birds Pad

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes


 
 
deep in the reeds
they hide from the crowd
away from lookie loos
basking in the toasty sun
bop on down to their bird pad

 
 

Author Notes - Bop on down = to go.
- Pad = home
- The American bittern is a wading bird in the heron family. They can be very hard to see in the marsh vegetation.

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

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Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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bottom picture by Joel Sartore


Chapter 138
Golden Light Cascades

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
golden light cascades

    between ethereal clouds —

filled with promises

of a fertile land

in each raindrop
 
 
 
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 139
Quill Deep in Crimson Blood

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
it's hard to put down

on paper the way I feel

    'bout our dying love —

with quill deep in crimson blood

and emotions drowned in tears


 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 140
Rhapsody in Blue

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
rhapsody in blue

    plays in my empty room —

as music notes thrust

the dark halls of our home

and rage rips my grieving heart
 
 
 
 
 


 

Author Notes Music is powerful, it can conjure up all kinds of emotions.

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

'Rhapsody in Blue' is an old musical composition by George Gershwin
- Painting by Yahya Ciftsuren


Chapter 141
Aquamarine Sea

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
aquamarine sea

     washes over my bare skin —

as ambivalent
 
tides come and go capriciously

wind surfs without a board
 


 

Author Notes capriciously = unpredictable; erratic

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

Picture: artmajeur gallery


Chapter 142
Dawn is Breaking

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

dawn is breaking 

and I’m tangled up in blue —

your dark contour 

fades into the sunrise

and my love for you blooms 

 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

pictures from google public domain


Chapter 143
Tasting the Summer Sun

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

waiting for the cool night,

I lie on fields of gold—

with a dry straw stem

in my salivating mouth 

tasting the summer sun

 

 

 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter." - Henry David Thoreau


Chapter 144
Your Hands Explore

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
your hands explore
my sultry body in the dark
    like a blind man —
touches with the lights off
in a room full of stars
 
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 145
Today

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

Today,

not even the morning glories

     want to rise —

‘cause they need to hide

their messy tendril hair

entwined with dreams of you

 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 146
Drifting in the Sea

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

abandoned

   on your discarded things boat —

adrift at sea 

of forgotten forlorn love

drowning in cold waves

 

 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

painting by Ikenaga Yasunari

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 147
Sliding Into Your World

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
my world slides
    into yours at mighty speed —
we helplessly collide
and our joined universe
gives birth to a million stars
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

pictures from Pinterest, bottom picture is a white egret orchid

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 148
Cherry Blossom Kiss

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

cherry blossoms 

surrender to the warm breeze

as she looks up to the sky

and her sweet lips 

taste spring

 

 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
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Chapter 149
Flying Through the Night

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
I'm flying through the night
    soaring over dreams and desires —
the moon comes along
and I wear a starry sequin gown
ready to land by your sleepy head
 
 
 
 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 150
Love Poems

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

love poems

     for the beautiful moon —

so full of herself

riding on night clouds

and whispering susurrus

 

 
 
 
 

Author Notes Susurrus = a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 151
You Are My Universe

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

night sky aglow  

     with glittering stars —

but you’re not around

and my longing for you

grows fiery and fierce

silvery moon casts

    a tranquil ethereal light —

that tempers my need

to hold you, my love,

you are my universe   

 

 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 152
Cobalt Stars Canopy

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
cobalt stars canopy

bear witness

to the lonesome road;

     crow pecks at roadkill —

not a picky eater
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Crows eat bugs, small animals, grains, and roadkill. Crows aren't too picky - they'll eat anything they can catch!

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 153
Waiting Amidst the Reeds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
 
waiting amidst the reeds
 
knee-deep in mire and morose grief —

where great blue herons shout

with raspy clucks and kuks

as I scream in solidarity
 
 
 

 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia
Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." - Kahlil Gibran


Chapter 154
Paradise

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

painting a landscape

     of paradise at sunrise —

strong brush strokes

blending and smudging wet paint

my mind still in bed with you

 

 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 155
Midnight Sky

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
foot trail stroll
over plush forest floor
      to the glittering lake,
beneath a midnight sky,
where I take a sip of stars

Author Notes FOREST FLOOR is the part of a forest ecosystem that mediates between the living, aboveground portion, and the soil, composed of dead wood and shed leaves.

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 156
Undress Me

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:If You Would Like To Join the Japanese Poetry Club, please check my author notes

 
 
undress me

petal by petal till you reach my stem,

bite me like a ripe peach,

     or dig into my tree bark —

Mother Nature is a tease
 
 
 
 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." -- Kahlil Gibran


Chapter 157
To Find You

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
alone in my boat,

    I follow the sun at high noon —
 
to find you

'cause I need your breath in my sails

and your mast to hold on to
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes "May your sails always billow and your boat remain free from the doldrums. May your voyage be triumphant." - anonymous

-- Mast = a structure rising above the hull of a boat to hold sails
-- To find north the sun's highest point (noon or high noon) is directly south

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 158
Next to You

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
next to you,
after another sleepless night
of lovemaking—
the lazy hazy rose dawn
takes her time passing by
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 159
A Sea of Time

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
moon's silver light

sneaks through the blinds —
 
to caress

all your mounts, valleys, and peaks,

I traveled a sea of time to see
 
 

 
 

 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 160
Tangled in Your Embrace

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
tangled in your embrace

     and jasmine-infused breeze —

your strong gentle hands

around my Rubenesque curves

as our hearts skip a beat

 
 
 
 

Author Notes The Rubenesque figure is related to the painter Rubens's artworks, especially rounded curvy figures in a pleasing or attractive way.

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 161
Wrapped in Pain

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
wrapped in pain,
waiting for the tide to rush in
and take sand castles
with fragile curtain walls
to
   be
      washed
                  away
                          offshore
 
 

Author Notes "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." - Buddhist Proverb

A curtain wall is a defensive wall between two fortified towers of a castle

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia
Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.
Gypsy


Chapter 162
I Have Loved You

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
I've loved you

for a thousand lifetimes

      and I'll love you more —

you're the lilac air I breathe

and sun on my silky skin
 
 


 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

picture from google public domain


Chapter 163
~ Broken People ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

wane into you

   entangled in your dark pain —

that I want to fix

but I'm trapped in my own hell

held down by my past's chains
 

 
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

Painting: "Ashus, Forever Forlorn", the story doesn't relate to my poem, I just liked it. Found it on Pinterest.com

Her story: Ashus is a mythical goddess. She had been abducted by a pack of demons and treated like a slave. Her unwavering faith in her gods didn't save her. Her alluring beauty had brought this horrific fate and salvation would never come.


Chapter 164
Alluring Beauty

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:tanka in black font in my author notes- for those who can't read bright red

 
 
alluring beauty

 in vermilion and cinnabar

     shades of sunrise —

she's engulfed in radiant flames

I dare not touch
  

 

Author Notes alluring beauty
in vermilion and cinnabar
shades of sunrise -
she's engulfed in radiant flames
I dare not touch

Vermilion and Cinnabar are spicy red-orange shades of minerals initially used in the 19th century

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 165
Star Gazing

By Gypsy Blue Rose

stow me in your soul
murmuring love poems in my ear —
      I want to hear your heart laugh
     while we lie on plush grass
     looking up at amorous stars
 

 
 

 

Author Notes Amorous = expressing love

GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 166
At The Edge Of Midnight

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
I'll meet you
                      at
                           the
                                 edge
                                         of
                                             midnight
 
where fields are full
of summer and easy living —
you're my wish upon a star
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 167
Ocean Tides

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
breathing in and out
with wavering ocean tides  —
feeling inconsequential
in the presence of a massive sea
full of eternity
 

Author Notes GOGYOHKA is a five-line free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on syllable count but as brief as possible. Any theme. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, and metaphor are okay but never rhyme. Japanese poets have written gogyohka since the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. === source = writers digest ===source=wikipedia

Thank you for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 168
Tangled in the Storm

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

tangled in the storm,

this tempestuous love of mine

rages against the end —

where your absence stirs my heart

amidst dying embers
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 169
I Surrender

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

I surrender

   to this hazy amber night —

drenched in loneliness 

 craving your searing touch 

and old spice

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis


Chapter 170
Your Sad Blue Eyes

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
 
your sad blue eyes

    lost in the distant horizon —

with woeful gaze

stir my soul with a deep need

to heal your broken wing

 

Author Notes The pain of loss cuts deep. It can immobilize us with its heavy burden, we are like a bird with a broken wing, unable to fly.

Ekphrastic is a poem inspired by a picture or painting

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 171
Red Sunset

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 

red sunset

over a bleeding sea

where I drown

in your absence … so absolute 

not even echoes left of you

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines. Still, because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

pictures from Pinterest.com


Chapter 172
The Moonlight of Your Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
there's nothing as beautiful

as your silhouette by the silver moon,

    the stars in your eyes

illuminate our path home

where I'll bask

in the moonlight of your love
 
 
 
 


Chapter 173
~ Tangled up in You ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
 
I want to touch your laugh

and breathe in

    your sandalwood scent —

I'll fall into your midnight eyes

tangled up in you
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 174
Heated Bodies' Haze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
heated bodies' haze

      stitched in steaming cool rain —

I flow into you

      in see-through clothes

      revealing our flourishing love
 
 
 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

picture from pinterest


Chapter 175
Ripe Plums

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
your vanilla scent
glides the summer breeze
with a hint of cloves
and your lips taste like ripe plums
I can't resist to gently bite

your golden salty skin
entices me to lick
and squirt zesty lemon juice
on your goosebumps-covered arm
you're my yummy treat





 

Author Notes TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.


Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

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Chapter 176
Amidst Purple Haze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
where sea and sky meet
our woven kindred souls touch
    amidst purple haze —
we're billowing waves of love
and consumed by passion's fire
 



 

Author Notes Purple Haze" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix

EKPHRASTIC is a poem inspired by a picture

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.


Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis

Picture from DeviantArt.com


Chapter 177
Blazing Sunset

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:For Rules, Please Read My Author Notes

 
 
she waits for her man,
rocking on the porch swing
neath melancholic sky
tangled up in rain scent
as dusk's drops linger



notifiers
deliver dreaded news,
"... with our deepest regret ..."
she waits on the porch swing
for the blazing sunset
 
 

Author Notes The notifiers are the officers who deliver the death notice. Marines provide guidance, casualty reporting; notification; mortuary affairs; military funeral honors; benefits; entitlements assistance; and all administrative requirements.

TANKA is a Japanese unrhymed love poem having about 12 to 31 syllables usually arranged in five lines. The first English-speaking poets imitated the Japanese models of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic structure in five lines, but because Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables the poems were too wordy and choppy. The beginning two lines are descriptive and image-focused, and the third line serves as a transition to the bottom two lines which are reflective using metaphor, simile, or personification. The subject matter varies, but most tanka are emotionally stirring or profound, and many are about love. Tanka originated in the seventh century in the Japanese Imperial Court, where women and men engaged in courtship. click here if you want to read modern tanka examples === click here to read Tanka Society of America === click here if you want to read modern tanka rules
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.


Gypsy
"Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason." - Novalis



Chapter 178
Heron Siege

By Gypsy Blue Rose

heron siege flights home

in the dying light —

heron left behind

in decaying marsh

knee-deep in sorrow
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes A siege is a collective noun for herons


Cinquain Tanka is a combination of a cinquain poem and a tanka. It's written using 5 lines with 5 syllables on each line. "Cinq" is French for the number 5. Tanka is a Japanese poem with five lines too. I created this new poem form. It never rhymes. You can use any subject.

Line one: 5 syllables
Line two: 5 syllables
Line tree: 5 syllables
Line four: 5 syllables
Line five: 5 syllables

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem.

Gypsy

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