Sensual Tanka

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar – Form: Tanka

Toni is our host this evening and we are exploring the Tanka. I have three to share: the first is one I wrote earlier this year and the second and third have been reworked.


rising fragrant steam

hovers above the tea cup

waiting for two lips

to press against porcelain

and taste sweet jasmine flowers


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


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Aphrodite’s quince

eaten to perfume a kiss

from seductive lips –

pink petals of spring unfold

autumn’s perfumed orbs are gold


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

(C)Guy Ackermans 2005

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rich queen of fabric

spun out of silken cocoon

dyed red and yellow –

sumptuous seduction

of fluttering kimono


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Silk Kimono 2

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30 thoughts on “Sensual Tanka

    1. I’m pleased you like them Gayle, although I don’t think the first one follows the rules as explained by Toni. I was hoping someone would comment on that and possibly make a suggestion 😉


    1. When I was a little girl living with my grandparents, my grandmother had a beautiful kimono that was brought back from her uncle’s travels as a deep sea diver. It was my favourite dressing up item!


  1. All so beautiful and things I can relate to! I’ve never had Jasmine tea, but I know the waiting tea cup well. 🙂 I enjoy most fruits including quince – even the word has a special sound. And the kimono fabric? My favorite of all because I love to weave. Thank you, Kim!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting! Jasmine tea is delicate and not as perfumed as you might think – not as sweet as rose petal tea. We have a very old quince tree in our garden which still produces some fruit that seems to drop when we’re not looking and the deer usually snaffle them before we get a chance!


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