Respite from Battle

Today in dVerse Poetics Pub, and in fact, this week, the whole theme is about chivalry, knights, ladies, armor, jousts, courtly love, etc. going back in time. I have gone back in time to a different type of knight – the Samurai. I will be working on a longer piece for our Open Link Night, Saturday, to carry through this theme. dVerse Poetics link is: http://dversepoets.com

samurai and lady

He parted the silk
and traced her skin with clusters of
pink sakura.  His lips
Followed their trail.  He
pulled flowers from the clusters,
scattering on her skin.
Teasingly he blew
them away.  Here, now there, and
And there.  He smiled and
Pulled her to him.  Soft
as petals against him, he
touched her in wonder.

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Vincent
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 16:46:19

    Beautiful! Hope you are feeling a little better?

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  2. Mary
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 16:49:29

    This has a beautiful soft sensuality to it. Lovely writing.

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  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 17:08:30

    What a lovely sense.. I think I would prefer the silk to the Medieval Hodden.. so much more sensitivity in that lovely feeling than the coarseness of wool..

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  4. Bryan Ens
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 17:24:56

    very sensual. I have been enamoured since I was much younger with stories of feudal Japan. A lovely take on the prompt.

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    • kanzensakura
      Feb 25, 2015 @ 11:14:01

      I too have had this fascination. At one of those workplace group meeting thingies (which I abhor), we were all given an index card and told not to turn it over. When we did, we had to answer the question for the group. Mine was, What would be your perfect job? I immediately answered without having to think, Samurai in Edo Japan. It did cause a few gasps around the table because you see, I was one of those loner, quiet, anal engineers….

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  5. Gabriella
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 17:27:17

    I thought you would probably use a Japanese equivalent of the European knight. I like the subtle sensuality in your poem.

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    • kanzensakura
      Feb 25, 2015 @ 11:11:35

      You thought right! I try to be subtle. Not hitting folks over the head with a 2×4 I think is most effective. But then, we do have these soft moments with our lovers.

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  6. Grace
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 18:03:32

    I love the soft sensuality and use of Japanese imagery – pink sakura ~ Such a respite from battle indeed ~ Looking forward to the next installment 🙂

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  7. bmiller007 (@bmiller007)
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 18:28:40

    whew…love the artistry and sensuality…the drawing of the line…and flowers….absolutely lovely empress…look forward to that longer piece on saturday as well…

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  8. Desmond, Anthony (@iamEPanthony)
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 19:06:52

    such a creative and unique take on the prompt. I love the softness and artistry that bleeds through your writings :)))

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  9. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 19:27:25

    That’s lovely. ❤

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  10. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 20:30:06

    E.r.o.t.i.c. and sensual. You do yourself proud, Kanzen. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  11. seeker
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 21:35:28

    Scintillating….!,

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  12. claudia
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 23:53:03

    hmmmm nice… love the tendernes in this… the cherry blossoms… a wonderfully crafted scene..

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  13. MarinaSofia
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 00:11:53

    Reminds me of scenes from The Tale of Genji – a charming, lyrical contrast to the rather brutal reality of samurai fighting life. Look forward to Saturday’s poem.

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  14. katiemiafrederick
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 01:45:15

    A graceful after fight of love does flow.. with petals of greetings of fights unknown..:)

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  15. Sumana Roy
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 06:07:18

    love the subtle softness you’ve created with words…beautiful…

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  16. kelly
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 09:37:30

    Just lovely… I love the flower imagery you wove throughout, really adds to the sensuality.

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  17. The Course of Our Seasons
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 14:45:39

    So softly seductive – really a lovely write for the prompt

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  18. mishunderstood
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 19:40:53

    Sweet and seductive…with elegance.

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  19. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.
    Feb 26, 2015 @ 21:38:17

    Devine – a sensual brush with heaven’s touch.

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  20. Randstein
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 18:58:41

    You knocked that one out of the park with the imagery of love wrapped in silk and adorned with cherry blossoms. That would melt the hardest Samurai heart.

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