Lonely Courtesan

Lonely courtesan
Caught between colliding worlds–
Yearning heart for another.

Warring samurai,
Her lover’s adversary,
Performs seppuku in shame.

A Sedoka

My entry for The Gooseberry Garden, Mythology, Culture and Life:  http://gooseberrygoespoetic.blogspot.com/

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  1. A.B. Thomas

     /  January 17, 2011

    outstanding write – and the image chosen was superb


  2. Oh, so sad, but well done. Thanks, Gayle.


  3. Oriental shame.. a sad state of affairs.


  4. Tragic love story.

    I believe that a person has to be out of their mind to perform something like that.

    It was done as a thing of honor, but you’ve captured it with a sense of shame.

    Obligatory seppuku was a form of punishment given because of something that was shamefully done.

    Love can lead some people to do “stupid” stuff.


    • Tragic, I agree. Many would commit seppuku if they “lost face”. And then as an honorable way of dealing with that would use ritual suicide either by their own hand or with help.

      You have to be some tight-laced people to go to this extreme that’s for sure.

      Thank you for your very informative comments–I enjoyed your visit.


  5. gracefulglider

     /  January 18, 2011

    wow…. transported me across cultures almost foreign to me.
    Thanks Gayle for sharing


  6. Beautiful poem Gayle. Loved it.


  7. Love this form and what you did with it.


  8. I’m so confused about why the warring samurai felt shamed. She’s only a courtesan, not a wife. Hmm. Plainly the fine points of the honour code are lost on me!

    I like the structure of the syllables. Double haiku for a Japanese theme. Nice. Also the synecdoche of the ‘yearning heart.’

    My picnic offering: http://shawnbird.com/2011/09/15/yesterday-i-wrote-a-love-song/


    • Maybe I’m the one that’s confused. Maybe a warring Samurai wouldn’t feel shamed by that. I am certainly no expert on seppuku or bushido.


  9. Interesting form and tale… i enjoyed the cultural tones in your poem.

    My share: http://a-sweetlust.blogspot.com/2011/09/dark-love.html


  10. Very nice write. Interesting story. Amazing what must go through the minds of people raised in such cultures as the one described.


  11. love this.

    short, powerful, and cultural.




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