Five Tanka

Japanese Woman

From  “The Lady Nyo’s Poems and Prose”.  Hopefully to be published this autumn.


Glimpse of a white wrist-

The river of blood beneath

This is seduction!

But catching a cunning smile,

One learns all is artifice.


Whose bold words are these,

To the wife of another?

Who bade me untie,

The sash of my silken robe

And bare my breast and belly?


I shall not brush locks

That obscure my face and mouth

Where I felt strong hands

Of my lover displacing

My sharp disdain with his lust.

Give me a moment!

To catch my breath and settle.

Give me some peace now.

Stop kissing my hands, stop it!

What if someone is spying?


Presence of Autumn

Burst of colors radiates

From Earth-bound anchors

Sun grabs prismatic beauty

And tosses the spectrum wide!

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2010

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4 Responses to “Five Tanka”

  1. Berowne Says:

    I particularly like the fourth one.


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Berowne, for reading and commenting.

    Lady Nyo


  3. Malcolm Miller Says:

    Lovely tanka! I like them all.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Malcolm.

    I do too.

    They, as you know…are actually harder than they seem.


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