Play It Again, Toads!

This is for the prompt over at Real Toads….Play It Again, Toads! in which several archived prompts are served up to choose from. Or you can choose the “Flash 55 Prompt which occurs the first weekend of every month…”  I chose the Flash 55 prompt.  Come stroll through the garden with the Toads at: I am also posting this on Poets United, Poetry Pantry:

The Samurai and the Lady
He parted the silk,
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
there. He smiled and
pulled her to him. Soft
as petals against him, he
touched her in wonder.

Hosukai wood block print

43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mhatter99
    Sep 02, 2017 @ 21:07:54

    This took control of my imagination.


  2. angieinspired
    Sep 02, 2017 @ 23:50:22

    Oh. Ohhh. Softly sensual. Yay for the 🌺 flower


  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Sep 02, 2017 @ 23:54:23

    Lovely sensuality.


  4. Kerry O'Connor
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 01:27:34

    This is beautiful poetry.


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 02:03:43

    Lovely with the soft erotic way that suit a poem like this.


  6. paul scribbles
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 02:46:05

    Sensual and erotic delivery. It blossoms.


  7. kim881
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 03:35:41

    Oh Toni, so sensual and erotic it gave me a pink sakura blush!


  8. Brendan
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 07:30:15

    Gentlest and sweetest this swordman’s surrender to romantic plunge. And the night happily agreed.


  9. Sherry Blue Sky
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 12:02:02

    “Soft as petals against him….” How lovely and romantic – an inventive lover, sprinkling the petals…….


  10. Laura Bloomsbury
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 16:43:44

    not a brazen or bashful line – with a stroke of the pen you have written ‘shunga’


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 03, 2017 @ 19:07:19

      smiles….Thank you for the compliment. I have a couple of “shunga” prints in our bedroom. When my husband’s family saw them, they blushed and went on a tear about pornography. When my family saw them, they were “Wow. Now that’s a position!”. And these are not even that graphic. One of them is the print I used to illustrate my poem. Pornography? Nahhhhhhh.


  11. Rommy
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 18:36:57

    Ahem, a very nice build up to the climax. 😉


  12. Mary
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 19:39:04

    Beautiful. Filled with passion. I think I need a fan. (Smiles)


  13. thotpurge
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 20:43:54

    A romantic samurai indeed!


  14. Beverly Crawford
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 20:44:48

    A sensual feast!


  15. ayala zarfjian (@ayalazarfjian)
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 21:22:42

    Sensual and beautiful poem!


  16. Magaly Guerrero
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 22:26:21

    I know word sensual has been used a lot to describe this poem, but… how can one not say it? This is sensual delight! From beginning to end, there is so much to feel, to explore, to wonder over…


  17. Jim
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 23:25:50

    Hi Toni, this sounds very sensual.
    It makes me want to more about the Lady.
    As was she in a brothel, a blind date, or??


  18. kanzensakura
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 23:31:18

    a lady, not a hostess. And it was me in my 13 year relationship with a Japanese man who was descended from upper class samurai. Thank you for your votes! They mean a lot to me. 🙂 hostesses in Japan are either Geishas (not prostitutes) or women who are prostitutes or of loose morals. Japanese men often import a lot of blonde women who act as hostesses in their clubs.


  19. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 02:39:43

    Wow! How beautifully, delicately erotic.


  20. sarahrussellpoetry
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 10:46:14

    Yikes! So sensual. I love, love, love this, Toni!!


  21. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 14:56:28

    Oh this is so wonderfully sweet and sensuous!💖


  22. Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly)
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 17:31:16

    I love the feeling of worship and awe in this… Take time to admire, capture the essence of someone you love… great lesson


  23. purplepeninportland
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 20:16:48

    A soft, sensual poem, Toni. Imagine the feeling this person has for the other.


  24. magicalmysticalteacher
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 09:24:58

    Touching in wonder is one of the most wonderful things we can do!


  25. nicholasjlennox
    Oct 07, 2017 @ 07:12:32



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