‘Bad Karma’, from “A Seasoning of Lust”.



For my friends who have  a sense of humor…

Bao Ling sat on the balcony of Floating Wind brothel. A courtesan of low rank, she was deep into writing verse. She now had a scroll of 100 poems, needing revision.

“Bao! Bao! Squat Mother says you are to prepare for honored guest. Come in and apply your cosmetics”

Poor lame Midori was her maid and Bao turned her face obediently to the brushes and powders of her only friend.

“Who’s coming?” she asked as Midori painted her eyebrows high on her forehead.

“So sorry, but it’s Tanaka-san today.”

Bao’s eyes widened. “Aiiieee! He likes things pushed in odd places!”

“Just do as he wants. We’ll have rice balls later.”

Tanaka-san’s karma was to be short shafted and have peculiar desires.   Bao mourned her own karma.

In her confusion Midori grabbed the slim scroll of poems and put it where the sun don’t shine.

Midori was beaten. Over rice balls, they decided the poems had bad karma and probably belonged where they ended.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted 2016…



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8 Responses to “‘Bad Karma’, from “A Seasoning of Lust”.”

  1. Brian Says:


    In fall, rice harvested
    much manure
    needed before then


  2. kanzensakura Says:

    Oh what fun…stashed the poems where the sun doesn’t shine. ..I like Midori…I also knew a Tanaka who liked to push thibgs in odd places. He would go on for hours and I used to wonder if he made up his odd tales.


  3. Just Barry Says:

    Wickedly clever!


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Barry. LOL!


  5. ladynyo Says:

    He might have…LOL! Thank you for reading and your great comment. I was a bit afraid to post this, but then decided…what the hell. LOL!


  6. ladynyo Says:

    and is was all self-produced. LOL! Thanks Brian, for reading and your comment. Love the haiku!


  7. kanzensakura Says:

    I’m glad you did. It gave me a great giggle.


  8. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you! This piece made my mother proclaim that I was a pornographer and would always live in the gutter. Well, I don’t (live in a gutter) and I don’t think this is a piece of porno. At least not in my eyes.
    Thank you, Kanzen, for reading and for giggling. We need more giggles in this world!
    PS: I have a funny series, called “Metamorphosis” that starts out grim (bats, you know…) and turns absolutely silly. I have never published these, nor do I think I have posted these before, but I just might this week. I need a laugh.


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