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Prologue
Parting Blue Shadows

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:all senryu are 17 syllables or less

I come to you at night,

      parting blue shadows — 

the moon rests on our skin

 

 

 

your desire

   ripples up my thighs—

fluttering in hidden places

 

 
 

I love you with ache,

sweetness, and flame—

unlike any other

 

 
 

I longed for you

    throughout time ... life after life—

your soul is my beacon

 

 
 

Author Notes SENRYU is a Japanese short unrhymed poem that uses imagistic language to express the essence of a deeply felt moment in time. Unlike Haiku, senryu is about human nature and doesn't need a season word. It resonates on a deeper level, leaving the reader enlightened and making an insightful connection between the top two lines and the last one, called the SATORI. It's written in 17 syllables OR LESS and three lines.

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poems.

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

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Chapter 1
Unbearable

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:poem in black font in my author notes

 

I learned long ago

it’s true what they say

about “a broken heart”

or “a heartache”

 

it’s more than just words

it does hurt like hell

as a dagger through the chest

it’s an unbearable pain

 

I sit with my companion

the lonesome moon

waiting for the sun

to thrust the night away

 

I know how it feels

when the heart breaks

 

 

 

Author Notes Thank you very much for taking the time to read and review my poem. It was inspired by Chilian poet, Pablo Neruda.

THE POEM IN BLACK FONT

I learned long ago
it's true what they say
about 'a broken heart'
or a 'heartache'
it's more than just words
it does hurt like a dagger
through the chest
it's an unbearable pain
I sit with my companion
the lonesome daybreak
waiting for the sun
to thrust the moon away
I know how it feels
when the heart breaks

Gypsy

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Chapter 2
~ Across the Universe ~

By Gypsy Blue Rose

celestial stars cup

full to the brim

with trembling

stellar midnight blue

far ... far ... away
 


the night-tinted wind

sings amidst

a yearning storm

of insatiable
 
needs and wants



love seizes my hand

yearning to write

passion poems for you

straight from my heart

sent across the universe
 

 
 

 

Author Notes free verse no punctuation or capital letters

Inspired by Chilian poet, Pablo Neruda

Thank you for reading my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 3
Falling Over The Edge Of Sleep

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
 
dancing with the rising moon

as the breeze blows around me

     willow leaves fall into the river —

I watch clouds float lazily

amidst flying midnight-ravens
 



I cast a rock of time into the creek

and watch it drown ... uncomplaining

    with the heavy weight of being —

the flowing stream's susurrus

carry gurgling rainbow trout
 



I dream of you

     with flirtatious flaming passion —

rebelling against dawn

as it pushes blue shadows

I fall over the edge of sleep
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes susurros = whispers

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

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Chapter 4
Reaching for the Moon

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Painting By Edward Eggleston

 

reaching for the moon 

I lost sight

of stars in your eyes

 

Author Notes Lune means Moon in Latin

a Lune is a simple and fun form of poetry to write. It has 5/3/5 syllables. Rhymes are fine but not required. The subject matter is open. Robert Kelly invented this poetic form.

Painting By Edward Eggleston

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy


Chapter 5
Poet's Prayer

By Gypsy Blue Rose


 
 
God hear my prayer
the prayer of my  heart
 
you never judge
what dwells in my thoughts


you hear my mind's 
lightning and thunder
and you quiet my storms


bless my spirit
where you abide

bless my pens and paper
bless the words I write


may they be beautiful
in your sight


may they be seen
by people not yet born


and when I 'm dust
may my children 
say these words

"she was a voice
for the unheard
 
and art was the language
of her soul"
 
 
 

Author Notes Yamato uta is a Japanese poetry form written in FREE VERSE which means no rules or rhyme and it can be as long as you like. Poets created THE YAMATO UTA POEM during the Heian Period 700 century. Yamato-uta are composed of many words born from people's hearts, as leaves grow from seeds. People use these words to express their thoughts about what they see or hear. click here if you want to read more

Thank you very much for reading my poem,

Gypsy


Chapter 6
God is Everything There Is

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:Happy Easter Sunday!

 
 
love transcends hate

and God is everything there is

from the smallest creek

gurgling joyfully to the sea

and from the lowest anthill

to the highest Mount Everest

caressing the sky

God is everything there is

seen and unseen

 

Author Notes Happy Easter Sunday!!!

Easter or Resurrection Sunday, is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, it occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD

If you want to join the Japanese Poetry Club, click on the link below and look for the Japanese Poetry Club from the list of clubs. Everyone is welcome. You don't need to be an expert, it's a good place to learn how to write Japanese Poetry.

Mount Everest, is a mountain in Asia, on the boundary between Nepal and Tibet, in the Himalayas: the highest mountain in the world. 29,028 feet (8,848 meters).

Yamato uta is an unrhymed FREE VERSE of Japanese poetry. FORM: Free verse means there are no rules, the poem is not rhymed and it can be as long as you like. Poets created THE YAMATO UTA POEM during the Heian Period 700 century. As with all Japanese poetry, keeping it as brief as possible with word imagery, is easy to visualize. Most are about nature but you can use any subject you like.

Thank you very much for reading my poem,

Gypsy

pictures from my Pinterest account -- The top picture is Jesus Christ; the bottom picture is an olive tree branch. Olive Trees signify fruitfulness and ability to thrive ( Psalm 52), and children are described as vigorous young olive trees ( Psalm 128:3 ).


Chapter 7
The Unbearable Ache of Longing

By Gypsy Blue Rose

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


my beloved  witnesses
the things I do

the bad choices I make
yet
he doesn't judge


he hears the doubt
in my mind
and he doesn't leave me
behind


from the start
I feel an unbearable ache
of longing  and loving him
 

Author Notes free verse in lower case without punctuation

Yamato uta is a Japanese poetry form written in FREE VERSE which means no rules or rhyme and can be as long as you like. Poets created THE YAMATO UTA POEM during the Heian Period 700 century.

"Yamato-uta is composed of many words born from people" hearts, as leaves grow from seeds. People use these words to express their thoughts about what they see or hear. click here if you want to read more

thank you very much for reading my poem,

gypsy

pictures from my Pinterest account


Chapter 8
Gazing at Venus Tonight

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

gazing at Venus tonight

    I thought about you—

my raging passion

was weaved with the storm’s

lightning and thunder

today, at the shore, 

I watched you ride the waves—

balanced 

on top of the world

your body shining in the sun

Author Notes TANKA has its seeds in the human heart and mind. It grows into the myriad leaves of words and phrases expressing what the poet thinks and feels in her or his heart. Tanka are beautifully lyrical and they are often about love, loss, longing, and similar aspects of our emotional lives.

Tanka originated in the imperial court where men and women exchanged tanka poems after a night together. The poems were deeply passionate. Women poets were committed to a life of both religions consciousness and erotic intensity.

Pivot lines are feature of Japanese tanka and are often a feature of in English tanka, but it√?¬¢??s not necessary. A pivot line, is usually written on line 3, can be read sensibly with lines 1 and 2, and lines 4 and 5, a property that can be used to introduce ambiguity and resonance into the poem. * click here if you want to read modern tanka examples * click here to join the 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.

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Chapter 9
Red Leaves Wave Goodbye

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:poem in black font in my author notes

~ woman ~

 
 
 

red leaves wave goodbye

    to my trees' bare boughs—

they remind me of you

and I wish you could see

my scarlet longing

~ man ~

 
 
 

raging autumn wind

carries crimson leaves to my door—

relentlessly

I yearn to embrace your love

and never let it go

Author Notes In Japan's Imperial Court, where lovers exchanged Love Tanka poems after a night together. Originated in the 7th century.

The response tanka used elements or images from the first tanka poem.

The first one is the lady's tanka, the second one is the man's response

TANKA has its seeds in the human heart and mind. IT grows into the myriad leaves of words and phrases expressing what the poet thinks and feels in her or his heart. Tanka are beautifully lyrical and they are often about love, loss, longing, and similar aspects of our emotional lives, The poems are deeply passionate. Women poets were committed to a life of both religious consciousness and erotic intensity.

Pivot lines are a feature of Japanese tanka and are often a feature of English tanka. A pivot line, is usually written on line 3 click here if you want to read modern tanka examples * click here to join the 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.

pictures from my Pinterest account

POEM IN BLACK FONT

red leaves wave goodbye
to bare boughs of my oak tree
they remind me of you
I wish you could see
my scarlet shade of longing

raging autumn wind
carries your leaves to my door
relentlessly
I yearn to embrace your love
and never leave your side



Chapter 10
For Cillian With Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Cillian called me from the garden and his voice pulled my heartstrings. His loving words engulfed me and I floated in surrender through his rapid waters of passion.  I couldn't fight the current nor did I want to. He laughed and the music of his contagious laughter made my heart sing.

 

He didn't see me as I watched him from afar. As if feeling my intense stare he looked around, his gaze falling on me like a veil. It caressed my skin with a down feather.  

 

Whenever he was around; my breath shortened, heat rose in my head and neck, and ripples surged through my thighs.  I needed his touch.  I was clay in his rough hands and my smooth body waited to be molded.

 

I looked skyward and the sun stealthily sneaked through my fingers. I stepped back into the trees parting blue shadows.  I lay on plush grass and pulled him over me.  Between our legs were the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, the door to infinity.  Our love was the creation of the universe and the creation of a grain of sand.

I looked deeply into his eyes.  They were the most remarkable thing, black as a starless night where a fire burns.  We kissed and our souls mingled. His mouth was summer’s ripe fruit, my hunger for him was unquenchable. 

 

He took me into the temple of his familiar that contained his interleaved stories and I took him into mine.  We knew each other in a way nobody else could.   Having shared our stories, we shared our bodies with tantric love. I lost myself in his embrace.  All I wanted was to please him as much as he pleased me.  My thoughts floated in the river of life and were all about him.  I loved him but it wasn't just love flowing through me, it was a sea of longing.  I loved others but not the way I love Cillian, not with ache, sweetness, and flame.  He had placed his hand on my latch and I was flung wide-opened.
 

When you love you remember everything, the way his eyes rested on me for the first time, and the sound of his voice on my skin. The thought of him made me excited, it felt like a diving bird in my belly.  I will love him my whole life and I will search for him in the next one.

Author Notes - The passage of creation is not the creation of God, it's just a metaphor of being deeply in love.

- Diving birds that plunge into the water to catch fish or other prey.

- Tantric lovemaking takes time. It's done without ego, with each partner learning to accept and receive. The methods learned and used in Tantric sex provide sensations and sexual pleasure that are far more intense and complex than just a simple orgasm

-the Temple of My Familier is a novel by Alice Walker.


Chapter 11
Little Elephant

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

l i t t l e    e l e p h a n t

  contemplating the crescent moon—

w i t h   h e a v y   t h o u g h t s

 

 

Author Notes Contemporary Haiku is a Japanese short unrhymed poem that uses imagistic language to express the essence of a deeply felt moment in time. It resonates on a deeper level, leaving the reader enlightened and making an insightful connection.The most common literary adaptation in English of haiku looks something like this: one to four lines, no strict syllable count but brief. These poems too utilize a caesura (dash before satori). Images need not be taken from nature, though they may be and often are. Seasonality is optional, though often featured. Here√???√??√?¬¢??s an example: in the woodpile the broken ax handle source

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem

Gypsy

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Chapter 12
The Sun Shines Outside

By Gypsy Blue Rose

The sun shines outside but my home is dark and gloomy and my bedroom is a torture chamber. Every night I dread going to bed.  I know sleep will not come easy.  

snakes of light

    slither through my window blinds —

darkness wins the fight

 

I stare at the ceiling that feels like the top of my coffin. Until a raging storm grows in my chest and I get up before my heart explodes.  I pace my bedroom floor back and forth like a tiger in a cage. It feels like I can't breathe and I am going to pass out.  I panic and there is no one with me, only God, my quiet and loving companion.

fierce beast

    devours flesh and bones —

spits out a tender heart

 

The morning comes and I dread getting out of bed to start another worthless day.  Nothing sounds like fun.  I look through a sliver of opened window blinds and I feel disconnected, life marches on.

sunrise came and went

    without me —

daybreak misses me

 

Family and friends tell me to get over it, it's all in my head, just be positive. But their words are vacuous and float past my head.  Nothing seems worth doing and darkness fills my days.

in a sea of despair,

an empty boat 

is full of broken dreams

 

I beg my doctor to change my medication but she refuses to adjust them. I look at a fist full of pills, seducing me to end the pain.

I grasp God’s hand and we face another day.

 

Author Notes *** 988 *** Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line

I am bipolar with long depression episodes and short manic episodes. I also have severe panic attacks. When I was younger I refused to take medication so life was a rollercoaster, as I have gotten older I decided to reach out for help. Life is good. With medication, bipolar people can live normal lives. I don't seek pity, I share my experiences with this illness in case there is someone out there who needs help. It gets better.

vacuous = empty; without contents

HAIBUN is a Japanese poetic form that combines prose and haiku.

TENSE: present or past

SUBJECT MATTER: autobiographical, travel journal, slice of life, memory, dream short sketch of a person, place, and event.

TOPICS: life as a journey, love affairs, illness, human concerns & experiences

POINT OF VIEW: first person (everything seen through the author's eyes), third person (he/she)

TONE sets a mood, often interrupted by the haiku

SENSORY: uses imagery, sensory, concrete details, no abstractions

FOCUS on one or two elements

LANGUAGE uses language to suit the subject matter and mood (colloquial, formal, dialect)

LENGTH: varies from very brief (1-2 sentences) with one haiku, to long prose entries with interspersed haiku, to memoir-length works Styles Haiku/prose Prose/haiku Haiku/prose/haiku, Prose/haiku/prose/haiku/prose/haiku etc.

PROSE tells the story, gives information, defines the theme, creates a mood through tone, provides a background to spotlight the haiku

HAIKU: moves the story forward, takes the narrative in another direction, adds insight or another dimension to the prose, resolves the conflict in an unpredictable way, or questions the resolution of the prose.

Prose is the narrative and haiku is the revelation or the reaction.

Guidelines for Writing Haibun in English by Margaret Chula

click here to read guidelines for writing haibun

for Haibun Today examples and more information click here

for wikipedia definition click here

for Graceguts- more information click here

click here for a pdf file of guidelines

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poem,

Gypsy

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Chapter 13
Breath of Calm Breeze

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 
 
breath of calm breeze

sweeps dust off graves
 
and plastic flowers—

resembling lost memories

settled on fresh forget-me-nots
 
 
 

Author Notes Forget-me-nots are flowers, see bottom picture.


TANKA has its seeds in the human heart and mind. It grows into the myriad leaves of words and phrases expressing what the poet thinks and feels in her or his heart. Tanka are beautifully lyrical and they are often about love, loss, longing, and similar aspects of our emotional lives, The poems are deeply passionate. Women poets were committed to a life of both religious consciousness and erotic intensity.

Pivot lines are a feature in Japanese tanka and are often a feature of English tanka. A pivot line, is usually written on line 3 click here if you want to read modern tanka examples * click here to join the 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.

pictures from my Pinterest account


Chapter 14
Dewdrop World

By Gypsy Blue Rose

in a world of grief and tears —

life still blooms

in a dewdrop
 
 
 
 

Author Notes Contemporary Haiku is a Japanese short unrhymed poem that uses imagistic language to express the essence of a deeply felt moment in time. It resonates on a deeper level, leaving the reader enlightened and making an insightful connection.The most common literary adaptation in English of haiku looks something like this: one to four lines, no strict syllable count but brief. These poems too utilize a caesura (dash before satori). Images need not be taken from nature, though they may be and often are. Seasonality is optional, though often featured. Here√¢??s an example: in the woodpile the broken ax handle source

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem

Gypsy

pictures from my Pinterest account


Chapter 15
I Feel Loved

By Gypsy Blue Rose

while

a blaze of yellow dips behind the hill

and grains of darkness float in the air

dusk rises faithfully 

across fields of burnt amber

in the darkness of my room

He gathers me tenderly

in His warm embrace

with unspoken revere

I feel loved

 

 

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 16
the Winds of Love

By Gypsy Blue Rose

I can write 

the saddest poem tonight,

          such as the luminous stars

          tremble from afar

          and the winter wind weaves

          songs of woe throughout the land

 

I can write 

the saddest poem tonight,

          I loved him

          and sometimes he loved me back

          during nights like tonight

          he embraced me tight

 

 

I can write

the saddest song tonight,

          how could I not love

          his beautiful cerulean eyes

          intensely fixed

          on my soul and mind

 

             

I can write 

the saddest poem tonight,

          such as I don’t have you

          by my side

          knowing all we lost 

          and that we'll always be apart

 

I can write the saddest song tonight

 

 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes - low cap with no punctuation

- Inspired by Chilian poet, Pablo Neruda

- cerulean is a shade of blue

Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 17
Embraced by Warm Winds

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

embraced by warm winds

   I watch daybreak in your eyes – 

tangled up in love

 

Author Notes Thank you for reading and reviewing my poem.

Gypsy

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Chapter 18
I want You to Know ...

By Gypsy Blue Rose

I want you to know

                        that I love you

                        unconditionally

the way the moon loves the night

      and the sun loves a warm day

the way crimson and amber leaves

      love to dance with a crisp autumn breeze

nature takes me to your door

      on the wings of the Morning Star

I follow your cabin's cedar scent

      and the earthy smell from your fire pit

I will do anything for you 

      all you have to do is ask

I want you to know 

                           that I love you 

                           unconditionally

 
 

Author Notes RYOKAN POEM
Taigu Ryokan was born in northern Japan in 1785. He was a successful haiku poet. When he was eighteen years old Ryokan met the Zen Master Kokusen and became a Buddhist monk. He wrote about nature and the way people relate to each other using the five senses: touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste. The rules are free verse, any amount of syllables and lines. Doesn't rhyme. You may use any poetic device.

thank you very much for taking the time to review my poem

gypsy

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Chapter 19
Hand Puppets

By Gypsy Blue Rose

 

         all that’s left of dad —

     shadow hand puppets

on the wall

 

 

 

 

Author Notes Shadow Hand Puppets is a children's game. You use your hands to make shapes of animals, birds, etc ... on the wall

SENRYU is a Japanese short unrhymed poem that uses imagistic language to express the essence of a deeply felt moment in time. Unlike Haiku, senryu is about human nature and doesn't need a season word. It resonates on a deeper level, leaving the reader enlightened and making an insightful connection between the top two lines and the last one, called the SATORI. It's written in 17 syllables OR LESS and three lines. For Senryu you don't need a season word (Kigo)

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poems.

Gypsy

pictures from my pinterest account, I use two programs for my presentations- ImageShack and Windows' Paint


Chapter 20
In My Mother's Arms

By Gypsy Blue Rose

Author Note:for my mother

 
 
 
embraced in my mother's arms

  I see myself reflected—

in her eyes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Author Notes SENRYU is a Japanese short unrhymed poem that uses imagistic language to express the essence of a deeply felt moment in time. Unlike Haiku, senryu is about human nature and doesn't need a season word. It resonates on a deeper level, leaving the reader enlightened and making an insightful connection between the top two lines and the last one, called the SATORI. It's written in 17 syllables OR LESS and three lines.

Thank you very much for reading and reviewing my poems.

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

pictures from my Pinterest account, artist Auntie Kate


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