The Tea Kettle

The Tea Kettle

 

steaming teacup
cradled in cold hands
bestowing warmth

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tea party
kettle whistles on the stove
steeped in gossip

 

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badger teakettle
creates a stir
banished from Morinji,
life spent be friending  tinker
returned to temple in esteem

Sea King and the Magic Jewels

Sea King and the Magic Jewels

Carpe Diem #1355 The Sea King and the Magic Jewels (Japanese fairytale)

a thousand times
repayment not enough
brother unappeased

seaking

tears mixed with sea
Lord of the sea salt rises
giving hope

in the sea of reeds
palace of fish scales
glimmers like gems

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trust broken
jeweled princess returns home
leaving her child
as the sea path closes
her sister appears with a song

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sea flowers
sway on the reef
gems of the ocean

Empty Calabash

Empty Calabash

 Carpe Diem Extra January 23rd 2018 — Celestine Nudanu (special feature)

Celestine’s Site – Reading Pleasure
calabash

empty calabash
reflecting the fading sun
a beggar sits in gloom                     © Celestine

empty calabash
seed pods echoing
women’s fingers

reflecting the fading sun
the flicker of flames dance
spirits awaken

a beggar sits in the gloom
an offering of porridge appeases
his feeble spirit