Tanka : letter

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dear Hana-ogi
you studied poems, koto
what do you wish for?
calligraphy inks poems
sad life confined by beauty

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I added about 1/3 blank area for my poem but the rest of it is an Utamaro print. My apologies to those who love Utamaro.

The original of the ukiyo-e above is by Kitagawa Utamaro from his 高名美人六家撰 (Famous Beauties from 6 Best Houses) series. At the time it was illegal to have Continue reading Tanka : letter

Tanka : amorous affections

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feeling amorous?
is your affections for real?
love me, sick or old?
you are thinking about it?
bye??? we’ll always have Paris?

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Reference:

February 22 : Amorous Affections
February Writing Prompts
Putting my Feet in the Dirt

OpenLink Night #214
dVerse Poets Pub

second life photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner
(no, that’s not me.  That elf with the flu was made by Remarkable Oblivion and is from his Santa’s Workshop series.  I do have a grandma avatar though among many others.)

Fonts:
Little Seahorse by Mellow Design Lab

Senryu : Missed Noah, a cracked tale

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Where is Noah’s ark?
No North Pole pick up service
Icebergs and snow drifts

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Heard Noah’s Ark would take us down Continue reading Senryu : Missed Noah, a cracked tale

Senryu : mirror

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Reflections

mirror in their eyes
reflecting only distortions
like so many lies
the vision that they see
must be of someone else,
not me

by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
poem and image done when I was in my twenties

mirrors break, oh well
don’t care what they think they see
I am what I am

by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
written now

Back in my twenties, I used to worry about how people saw me especially since a lot of times it was different than I saw myself.  Some people saw me and some people only saw what they wanted me to be or sometimes they saw what I wanted me to be but wasn’t yet. After awhile I realized it didn’t really matter.

I don’t care how others see me. How people see you has a lot more to do with their own needs and hangups than anything you do most of the time anyways.  Some people are clear-sighted but they are a minority.

I don’t need to see myself or define myself. It’s simpler than that.  I just am.

 

References:

Poetics – Through the looking glass
dVerse ~ Poets Pub

The photo is  a print I did in a photo class back then with 3 negatives that I exposed separately.

  • Photo 1: me leaning against the mirror
  • Photo 2: a rose
  • Photo 3: the poem

I exposed them one at a time in the enlarger.  There is a white thumb  because like an idiot I was resting my hand against the paper carrier when I put in the mirror picture — duh! laughing.  And you didn’t know if you had the exposures right until after you developed the picture so there were a few throwaways. Things are much easier now in Photoshop

Senryu : arsenic

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such a pretty green
candies, wallpaper and paint
too bad it kills you

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Arsenic is everywhere: in the air, in the soil, in water and food.  You have arsenic in your body.  It’s a fact of life.  However, arsenic in certain forms and above a certain quantity kills.  So arsenic giving a brilliant emerald hue in a wallpaper won’t kill.  But mix that wallpaper

The sick child by Edward Munch, 1907 (used Paris Green pigment, aka emerald green aka Schweinfurter Grün). Munch painted this after it was known that the green wallpaper contained arsenic which had killed children in the late 1880s.

with a damp British climate and add the ensuing growth of fungus, this combination results in the arsenic  expelled as a poisonous arsine gas Continue reading Senryu : arsenic