•• 芸者 •• geisha •• 芸者 ••

•  愛 •

geisha in 1830 were
ladies of  fashion ~  in dress,  art  and  bed
a life of  ease so it would seem
Akari wanted for nothing
except her freedom

as the shamisen played
Akari’s dancing mesmerized
enchanting
one very rich and powerful man

Natsu promised her many things
in exchange she would only have to dance and pour his tea
other times she would be free to write poetry and sing
and so she became his

but secretly Natsu knew
she would fall in love with him
Akari danced and served his tea
but nothing more did she offer
until one night in a blind rage
he took possession of  her very soul
and Akari was seen nevermore

there is a tea house now
where once they lived
and it is said
that Akari’s tears
will sweeten your tea
if  you will set her free

alas,  only a ghost-image remains
if  you look closely
when taking the last sip of  your tea

• • 愛 • •

••  愛  ••

•  愛 •


Geisha Dance

artwork  ~   “Geisha”    Raphael Kirchner
{ public domain }

photograph  ~  ©Ella Wilson  Ella’s Edge  &  Ella’s Font

geisha  on  wikipedia

愛  { love in Japanese }

this is my submission to ~

Wonder??? Wednesday #2     at     Poets United
prompt:   Weird  { using the photograph of  the teacup }


thank you,  Ella!

Ella’s Edge   at    imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:    “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”  Coco Chanel


thank you,  Ella!

Prompt #338  at  Sunday Scribblings
prompt:    Ease


thank you,  Megg!

Trifecta: Week Forty-Four    at    trifecta
prompt:    blind (adjective)  having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance or restriction

thank you!

i am also participating in ~

NaBloPoMoSoup

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28 Comments

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28 responses to “•• 芸者 •• geisha •• 芸者 ••

  1. Not only pretty and sweet, but I enjoyed learning more about the Geisha. The tears sweetening the tea was very touching.

  2. This is a lovely poem. Beautifully written.

  3. Wonderful post … loved the video of the geisha’s dance. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What a creative tale you came up with in regard to the geisha image, Dani. Love the idea that Akari’s tears will sweeten the tea if she is set free! Nice.

  5. This is hauntingly beautiful~ So sad, but the mysticism of your pairing these two prompts and your view is magical! The bitterness of their meeting n’ the sweetness of her tears-steeps quite an encounter!
    Wow Dani, I love it! How tragic and sad, this illusion has been more than myth for many! This folklore will make me look again, at my tea~

  6. oh you took me to another world….the world of geisha…..very beautiful…..

  7. I loved this tale, so well told………..a beautiful post.

  8. Helen

    Incredibly lovely ~~ your geisha tale.

  9. This is absolutely haunting. It really does make one think.

  10. I do love a ghost story! Nice work. (And so timely; I just finished a book that featured geisha.)

  11. margaretbednar

    Fashion in bed…. comfort or seduction…. hmmm. I also LOVE the ending of this poem.

  12. I love Raphael Kirchner’s art and your tale of Akari was both beautiful and poignant. As I have slipped over into the 21st century I find that in all my years man has not learned that possessing beauty exclusively is not the right of anyone. Only sadness will come from such greed.

  13. trifectawriting

    I really enjoyed the way you told a historical tale while still keeping the language soft and beautiful. Nice job with the prompt.

  14. Enjoyed your story! Liked the idea of “Akari’s tears will sweeten your tea”.

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