Bourbon, Brine and Birthday Cake

late to celebrate
the moon is my oyster tonight

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wolf moon
each oyster casts off
its cool light

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wolf moon
on our lips
bourbon and brine

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oysters in the old mansion marble stories in their shells

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a sip of the wolf moon cycles in oyster brine a howling sea

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the wolf moon
the mansion’s marble
the oyster’s brine
a poet’s charcoal etching
rain tonight

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Ode To Summer ~ revisited

Some oldie but goody haiku and tanka for summer heat. Most have appeared previously on one or another of my blog posts.

Waiting
for what ?

firefly
after
firefly

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fireflies
float
night
into
my
bedroom
mirror

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a cicada’s
raucous call for a mate
makes me wonder…
should I wear
my low cut
dress tonight

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night
of shooting stars
a naked beach
and foaming waves
oh to be so seductive

Published: Take Five
Best Contemporary Tanka 2008

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blue again
no summer sky
blue… that blue
deep into the wail
of a saxophone blue

 

Published: Modern English Tanka
Summer 2007

The Seduction of Romance

 

 

Impromptu

I saw the 1991 movie Impromptu with Judy Davis playing George Sand and her tangled liaisons with so many lovers/paramours. Wow what a life! What a camaraderie of artists. What craziness. And yet… what did I miss out on? These are heady, creative, inspiring and yes sometimes egomaniacal and flawed characters. Why do I forgive them their excesses and drama? Hindsight? Romance? Brilliance? All of the above?

Anyway, I will now listen to more Chopin and Liszt, read a full bio of the rabble-rousing Sands and add her to my list of artist/heroines including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Camille Claudel. Why is it that romantic tragedy trumps happy-ever-after in an artful life – at least in the books and movies?

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the tilt of her hat

the pout on her lips

the crossing of her legs

the film noir heroine

the seduction of art

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