“A Fortunate Fate”, from: “A Seasoning of Lust”…..

A Courtesan’s fleeting life of beauty.


Hana Takate was eighteen years old, a courtesan in old Edo. When she appeared in public, men’s eyes turned like sunflowers to the light of her sun.

Lovely Hana had bones like melted butter and skin shaped from rice powder. She was a creature so luminous a flower of purest jade could not compare. When she rose from a nap, wearing a simple gauze robe, free of makeup and perfumes, she floated like a spider’s web. A vision of culture and desire, her laugh a tinkling bell, her hair of bo silk, her movements like cool water.

During cherry blossom time she was entertaining, her robes folded open like gossamer wings, her rouged nipples suckled by another. A young daimyo was admitted to her rooms by mistake. This new lover was so angered he cut off the head of his rival with his long sword in one swift blow.

Hana knelt before him, head down, exposing her swan neck, awaiting death. Seeing her trembling fragility, her obedient meekness, he could not take her life and disappeared to write bad verse.

She became known as “The Immortal Flower”, a courtesan of first rank. She prospered and became fat.

Jane Kohut-Bartels
Copyrighted, 2008, 2012
From: “A Seasoning of Lust”, Lulu.com, 2009

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One Response to ““A Fortunate Fate”, from: “A Seasoning of Lust”…..”

  1. Van Says:

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