Mi Mao Tom’s Spring Song — Kyoka – March 14, 2015

Netsuke of Two Cats

oh gentle geisha
how sweet’s your smile
mi mao
sing more for me just a while
your heady ways make me sigh

here at your feet
oh fine gentle creature
this lowly tom
must admire your subtle forms
I mi mao for your love

spring has come
oh sweet lithesome willow
your forms excite
this lowly creature … mi mao
come to visit with me tonight

ah the wind and rain
shall reign tonight my dove
if you’ll come to me
I’ll stroke your lovely back
oh – how we shall purr – mi mao

© G.s.k. ‘15

This kyoka was written thanks to my friend Jen who brought my attention to this wonderful Netsuke of Two Cats a 19th century Japanese wooden miniature – Information about the piece and the photo can be found HERE and more information about Netsuke can be found HERE

Old Daisies – Kyoka – October 4, 2014

white and yellow flowerslooking upwards
the matron thinks of daisies
he loves me – or not
from her vantage point of years
she thinks that daisies lie

Written for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie for Heeding Haiku with Ha … an interesting exercise, open a dictionary and choose three words at random – the words I found were:  upwards – matron – vantage which I found on my Italian – English Dictionary.

Her Modigliani Neck – kyoka – September 17, 2014

Her Modigliani Neck (kyoka)

stretched out
as she watched the bats
fly in the driving rain …
so subtlety white
her soft Modigliani neck

my heart beat quickened
ah –  that silent temptation
(caress me my dear)
begging to be ravished
I, the Count,  could not resist

(Kyoka is a form of Japanese Waka poetry … dedicated to humor, very popular in the late 18th and early 19th century.)

Lunia Czechowska - Amedeo Modigliani

An example of Modigliani’s art work …



Carpe Diem’s Tackle It Tuesday – Regularity – August 18, 2014

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This is our second episode of “Tackle It Tuesday” in which I will introduce the second “ity” based on “The Song of the 18-ity’s” by Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963).


The “ity” for this week is “Regularity”. Regularity is the base of everyone’s life, but it is also the base of your spiritual exercise. It’s the best way to calm your spirit (mind).


I must admit, that the first thought that came to mind when I read this week’s “ity” was the irreverent thought of bowel regularity …


after thirty years
his lamented constipation
continues to be
a constant unsolved problem
discussed with regularity

© G.s.k. ’14

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system:

communing with inner self
a daily pattern

one foot at a time
at the same hour and moment
the pilgrim’s path

the pathway to inner peace
moments of serenity

© G.s.k. ’14



Kitsune – July 26, 2014 – Kyoka

Kitsune – Kyoka

sweet swaying creature
tempting and sexy walked by,
seducing the farmer!
KItsune winked at him, then
ran off with his laying hens ..

.A kyoka is to a tanka hat a senryu is to a haiku … a poem wich can be humorous and ironic about “mundane” subjects, often with erotic undertones.  Kitsune is a Japanese kami … a fox who can take human form.  She’s, for Kitsune is a female, is known to be very tricky and sometimes pretty cruel.

I wrote this for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – Heeding Haiku with HA

Kyoka Fun – The Raven – July 12, 2014

Whist chatting with a friend yesterday, about typos (crows became cross) I wrote a kyoka, of which this is the modified edited version:

The Raven

mossy crosses stood
upon a midnight weary …
roosting in the yard
the raven felt so dreary
cawing “never more”  he left.

One of the aspects of a kyoka, which is a humorous poem, is to make a parody or satire of a classic poem … of course this is only a reference, not quite a parody of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous Raven.


Dawn Thoughts – July 7, 2014


peach colored sky
breath of wind in the morn
loud crow cawed

Free Verse

changes to be made
feelings of vitality
that’s slowly slipping
out of my life
as routine
crushing isolation
suffocate me …
time to move on
though I hate to burn bridges
don’t want to close doors
so many have closed
in my life time
that yet another
makes me cry
but … I know
that without endings
there can be no


useless illusions
of my importance …
silly ego trip
dance and sing instead of cry
frogs croak, crows caw and things change

Chi Ku – July 3, 2014


painiting by – Chiara Fersini

oh, bitter’s the fruit
before life has matured it
tying my mouth
I can no longer speak
I contemplate your youth

I’ve written this kyoka for Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie #62.  The words Chi Ku I’ve learnt from the prompt means – eat bitterness.

The Birdhouse – July 3, 2014


painting by Robert Dowling

The Bird House

the lovely maiden
walking through the grass, swaying
contemplates the birds
as they nested in her house
spying their spring love-making

I’ve written this kyoka for Mindlovesmisery Menagerie – Photo Challenge # 15

Dawn Thoughts – July 2, 2014

More Rain

More Rain


autumn cold in june
rain washes the mountains
trekkers in ponchos


in Rome they say
that temperatures are high
in our valley though
we shiver in autumn rain
need a train ticket!


Yesterday I got up early, as usual, but I was isolated once again from the world!  By good luck, or perhaps it was just fate, I’d begun the evening before, writing in Word ™, a poem for Oloriel’s Monday Poetry Prompt … and I had downloaded Yves’ Wordle from Mindovermisery’s Menagerie.  So I had the chance to write, though not publish.  My biggest worry was that I couldn’t put up my Pixelventures weekly prompt.

Internet connected around 9:30 but by then, my family was up and getting breakfast ready, my son having plans to leave early to get back to his studies in Padua.

The connection popped on and off all day.  So, I finally did what I’d planned a week or so ago.  My hubby had given me a new HDD … a fantastic roomy new hard disk with a terabyte of place to fill up!  But, I had two problems: the first is in November I’d had a friend put Ubuntu up on my computer and couldn’t get Windows to boot without it, and the second was that I didn’t want to spend a lot of downtime reinstalling my system – losing 6 years of updates to boot! (That’s how long my present system has been running!)

I did a quick search in order to solve the first problem and found the answer at Informatica Libera Antonio Cantaro, yes, I searched in Italian … because I’ve always worked with computers here in Italy and understand computer stuff in Italian . English is Greek to me when it comes to computers!  Fix in a jiffy! (I used the second suggestion – rebuilding my MBR and boot with my Windows installation CD).

I resolved second problem thanks to a second reasearch result … this time at Locker Gnome (in English) and learnt how to clone my old system onto my new hard disk with Todo Backup by EaseUs  making it possible to just change the disk and keep all my old configuration and data!

It worked a charm!  Then, since my computer was open, my husband did a little dusting on the inside of my case and he changed my “alimentatore” too (which feeds electricity to the computer maybe power source in English?) with a bigger one and by 9:00 in the evening, I had a refurbished computer with a terabyte of space to slosh around in (my former HDD was 180 gigabytes).  There are a few little quirks I admit.  I’ll have to reinstall my antivirus for example and the start-up is a little sluggish so I’ll have to look into that, but so far it works fine.

annoying morning
creates a chance for change
learning new skills

Have a great day!  Bastet