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


Shadow Dancer – Haiku – Tanka – December 11, 2104

Photo Credits: Nickolas Muray

Photo Credits: Nickolas Muray

August heat
shimmering on the wall –
shadow dancer

swaying on a silver screen
a hot winter’s eve

envisioned long ago
her body veiled
his camera caresses her
on a hot day in August

(c) G.s.k. ’14


Linked to Haiku Horizons and Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – Photo Challenge