Adas Poetry Alcove

Poetry and Haiku


unconditional love

Valentine’s Day

Carpe Diem #1811 Valentine’s Day …

coldest day this year
we light all the candles
slow dancing for warmth


Day After Valentine’s

Carpe Diem #1812 The Day After Valentine’s Day …


day after valentine’s
needle bumping the turn table
clothes scattered on floor

day after valentine’s day
you wrap your arms around me
as I wash dishes

paper cards pinned
on the refrigerator
love frozen in time

Choka – Wedding Bells

Carpe Diem #1809 Wedding Bells
The choka can be almost any length, because its form depends on alternating phrases (or lines) containing either seven of five sound units (onji). The end of the poem is signaled by two lines of seven sounds. So the form is five/seven, five/seven, five seven, …. , seven/seven.   it is then followed by a tanka like envoy. This was a popular form of  Japanese poetry in the 9th century.

hands folded in prayer
eyes closed as if still sleeping
we each kiss your cheek
one hundred years old
mourned by all you touched
a life time of love
scattered over the seasons
nurturing many
friendships bathed in sunlight
blossoming through your kindness

the death bell tolls out
but is it for the mourning
or a wedding tune
this death day your reunion
your marriage in heaven

Dodoitsu & Acrostic Love Challenge

Carpe Diem #1808 LOVE acrostic challenge

Dodoitsu is a form of Japanese poetry developed towards the end of the Edo Period. Often concerning love or work, and usually comical, Dodoitsu poems consist of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme or metre.

An example of a Dodoitsu:

One Night
one night I searched for a star
what I found was a full moon
now my every day is
full of shooting stars

© Ben Gieske (2012)


Lavender scented candles
Oboe quietly trilling
Valentines waiting for exchange
Eating chocolate

Late night stroll, holding hands
Ordinary stars shine bright
Venus perched above our house
Enchanted evening

Happily waiting for you
Opening arms and heart wide
Me and you for an evening
Eternal love shade by two

Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem #1806 Unconditional Love


orange tabby, white pup
lie entangled in the sun
breeze ruffling fur

Unconditional Love

Carpe Diem #1805 Introducing our new Theme … Love month

 Unconditional love is a rare thing and so beautiful.  As a former teacher of special need children and as a hospice volunteer, I have gotten to see this in a parents love for a child, and in children caring for parents or spouses for their loved one with Alzheimers.


lost within
despite feeble hands and body
my love will sustain

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