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A Hundred Gourds 1:4 September 2012
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The Taste of Curaçao 

the deepening bow 
of an orchid in bloom . . . 
winter twilight                                                    


surrounded by stillness
the owl's hoot echoes


now that our baby’s 
fast asleep
I can find my thoughts


her lips that morning
and the taste of curaçao                                   


a sindoor box
on the dressing table
gathers dust


veiled in thin mist
a wave advances the horizon                               


why not take
the secret shortcut through
cherry blossom clouds?                                    


reality fades
with a blur of fairy wings                                        


lost in the tune
a flute seller doesn't feel 
this sultry heat                                                


at every breath comes
a bouncing shadow                                         


blinded by the full moon
the stars
       fall off the sky                                             


earthbound for months
a leaf rides the wind    



A junicho — composed on the net from 1 March to 27 April, 2012

The participants:
G.R. LeBlanc - Canada.  Vs 1, 4 & 8
Bhavani Ramesh - India.  Vs 2, 5, 9 &11
Barbara A Taylor - Australia. Vs 3, 7 &10
Kala Ramesh - Sabaki - India. Vs 6 & 12


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