Delicately Bold

Demurring by day,
true night blooms are selective
binding up allure
into beguiling scents not hues,
beckoning night visitors.


Night Perfume (1950)
Kaoro Kawano
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This poem was inspired by a prompt given over at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Kerry Says: Let's Paint A Picture, which asked us to create a Tanka based on the art of  Japanese print maker, Kaoro Kawano

22 comments:

  1. That second line is the killer. A very strong tanka.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed the challenge of working with this form.

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  2. The sensuality of this piece makes me want to lean closer to my screen and smell the flower. I just know its scent will be glorious... But I'll wait for nightfall. :-)

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  3. Such a beautifully sensuous tanka, Rommy!❤️

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  4. Beautifully drawn. Selection by nose.

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  5. I love the seductive tone of this. Beautiful.

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    1. Woot! Glad I was able to get that across.

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    1. Elegant isn't always easy for me to pull off :D

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  7. The soft sounds of the words, the m's and r's especially, make this a textural beauty, as well as a poetic one.

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    1. Yes! I'm glad the aural components came through.

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  8. true night blooms are selective - Love that! Beautiful writing

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