Botan (Peony) – July 17, 2015

lush summer flower
blushing pink beside the path
tempting the butterfly
flitting among the blossoms
fanning their passionate dreams

dreaming butterfly
lost in the summer garden
sipping warm nectar
for this monarch’s mighty thirst
peonies open sweetly

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for:

 Carpe Diem Time Machine #12 Botan (Peony)

This post is a beautifully rich garden of elegantly sensual haiku and tanka ..:

for peony blossom viewing
a pale kimono is good
and Chinese tea


     deep mysteries
hidden in the Peonies –
secret lover

     secret lover
face behind a bouquet of Peonies –
the first step

     the first step
sending Peonies to my love
deep mysteries

     Chèvrefeuille (2013)

    dusk on the flower
of the white peony,
that embraces the moon.

     –  Gyodai

     the peony flower:
it’s a woman with plenty
of meat on her bones

     – Hakuo

      a bee
staggers out
of the peony 

     – Basho

     wine brings
the red light of evening
a poem
for a sisterhood
of unknown peonies

      – Akiko Yosano (A Girl with Tangled Hair)
(tr.) Jane Reichhold

her nectar offered
opens sweetly –
blossoming for the one
who treasures mystery 

          – Paloma


37 thoughts on “Botan (Peony) – July 17, 2015

  1. My goodness, that painting is huge! ( 1 M by 1 M 50 no less) I did a dainty one on silk which rather pales in comparison 🙂
    Your words paint a pretyy picture too. Pity we never see monarchs over here.


      • not to worry .. one of the problems with commenting is getting them off quickly enough to go to the next read … it’s rather normal for the par to make a typo from time to time.


    • That painting shouted out to me while I was looking for something to represent the pink peony … really stupendous, though I think a smaller painting would be more suitable for my home use. They’re becoming rather rare over here as well … I don’t think I’ve actually seen one in person in a long long time.


  2. Aren’t we all seduced by peonies? I’m lucky to have monarch butterflies come to sup at my Zinnias and have had the caterpillars munch my milkweed.


  3. WOW … Georgia what a wonderful post. Your tanka are beautiful both, but your second tanka caught me really … I think the peony is one of the most beautiful flowers I know and only through her beauty, but also through the sensuality it stands for.


    • Very true … I’d never actually thought much about peonies I have to admit, but the prompt opened a whole new vista … I’m so happy you enjoyed the tanka .. rather out of my normal writing zone.


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