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Beats Stumbling Around in Silence

Post Crush



Nature’s bright stained glass
Gnarled old vines twist and turn
In arthritic pose
Still produce bountiful yield
Deep ruby nectar
Warming blood and libido
Glorious bouquet
Jammy dark fruit, chocolate
Leathery finish
Heady inebriation
Dionysus smiles
With religious ecstasy
Theatre played in grape and vine


Waning golden light
Cool Pacific breezes swirl
Calm post frenzied crush
When Brix was running peak
In all its sublime sweetness

CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #56 Choka (or Nagauta), Japanese “long poem”

Author: Dancing Echoes

I am a scientist by trade and artist by soul. My creative outlet used to be dancing but due to injuries and age, I must now find another path. I am hoping my writing, poetry and photography can be this new path. Awards: While I am grateful and honored for the numerous nominations, I don’t have time to respond to them with the attention they deserve, so for the most part, I am an award free blog. All photographs and words are mine unless otherwise credited. © 2015-2023 Dancing Echoes ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christy Draper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on Dancing Echoes.

15 thoughts on “Post Crush

  1. Reblogged this on Chèvrefeuille's haiku and commented:
    An awesome example of a choka, a Japanese ‘long poem’


  2. Wow what a nice choka you share here. It’s not really ‘my cup of tea’, but, after all those great choka i have read, i jut have to try it myself. Thank you for this beauty.

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  3. Thank you, that is quite a compliment! I like the shorter Haiku and sometimes Tanka better too but I wanted to give this a try and challenge myself.

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  4. Sorry to repeat the words of the last comment – I love it. It’s mouth-watering!

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  5. Thank you so much! I love red wine; cabs and zins in particular. I lived about an hour from Napa for a year and a half and I was over there every chance I got.

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  6. Sounds like fun – except that I don’t drink, and in particular I don’t like red wine, but your poem made it sound so good.

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  7. What a lovely choka and so right of Kristjaan to reblog it … bravo!

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  8. Wow, thank you so much!

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  9. The Renga is going much faster than expected … it is your turn to write 😉

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  10. Thank you! I appreciate the heads up. It is going fast. I have one ready and will post shortly. We are on different time zones so I did not get the post until yesterday evening. I wrote one immediately but wanted to sleep on it :).

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  11. Yes, DE, there’s life in the old limbs.

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  12. Just thought I’d let you know … the renga has slowed down now 🙂 and your entry was great!

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  13. And that turned out so well.

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