“Lady Nyo’s Torment”


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Haibun Monday is tomorrow night over on dverse.  Come read some wonderful haibun  there. It is one of the very oldest and most popular forms in Japanese literature.  Priests, poets, travelers used the haibun form to document their observations, and sometimes these above were spies.

Lady Nyo

  • I stay here waiting for him in the autumn wind, my sash untied,
    Wondering, is he coming now? Is he coming now?
  • And the moon is low in the sky, the only company
    I have tonight.
  • Now near dawn, paling Milky Way appears–
  • .
  • And Oh, my husband! There are not stars enough in the heavens
    To equal my sorrowful tears.

Once I believed
No love could still linger
Within the heart
Yet, something springs from the air
And forces itself on me.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2018

These poems and tanka above come from “Song of the Nightingale”, Amazon, 2015

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23 Responses to ““Lady Nyo’s Torment””

  1. Frank Hubeny Says:

    I liked your description of Lady Nyo waiting while the Moon slowly made its way across the sky.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Frank! Thank you.

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  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    I love all those lines waiting in the moonlight… and the tears as stars.

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Bjorn. I didn’t consider there would be a theme. But so it goes. Thank you, dear friend, for reading and your kind comment. Am recovering from a virulent flu here. But recovering….


  5. kim881 Says:

    I loved the original but this version is wonderful, Jane, especially the anticipating sash untied!

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  6. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kim! I feel bad that I jumped the gun and didn’t realize that there would be a theme. Well, next time…..thank you again. I think I will post the earlier parts of this story with the accompanying poetry sometime later this week.

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  7. Jane Dougherty Says:

    So wistful and tender.

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  8. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Jane. And so non theme. LOOL! I’ll be over tomorrow. Blessings on your head.


  9. Beverly Crawford Says:

    Touching and lovely.

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  10. Mish Says:

    The longing and disappointment are undeniable in this piece. Love the comparison of tears and stars.


  11. Jane Dougherty Says:

    If you try hard enough you can usually stretch the ‘theme’ to fit the poem 🙂

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  12. Sumana Roy Says:

    In spite of everything there’s such vast emptiness! Deeply touching.

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  13. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Sumana. That is an excellent observation.


  14. ladynyo Says:

    Yeah, but I didn’t have the energy. Recovering from flu. Sorta.


  15. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Mish. fighting flu (b strain right now apparently. comes after a strain.) will be over tonight.


  16. ladynyo Says:

    Hello, Beverly my friend! Thank you for reading and your comment.


  17. Jane Dougherty Says:

    Take it easy. The theme police won’t get you 🙂

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  18. ladynyo Says:

    Some of them got my dna. LOL! thank you, jane…am heading back to sleep. It’s almost 2 weeks now and it really ages you.


  19. Jane Dougherty Says:

    Sleep is a great healer 🙂

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  20. ladynyo Says:

    Yes it is and I keep forgetting that! I’ve had back pain for a year and a week in bed seemed to take care of that! Blessings, Jane.


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  22. MarinaSofia Says:

    Ah, reminds me of all those ladies sighing and waiting hopelessly for that fickle charmer called Genji…


  23. ladynyo Says:

    lol! Could be. Except it isn’t. I never could figure the ‘charm’ of Genji. Except he couldn’t seem to reject any sort of woman. Collected them, actually.

    There aren’t too many good descriptions of Genji, except he did everything better than anyone else, dancing, performing, singing, etc. Kind of reminds me of Caligula.. LOL!


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