Maple leaves and The World: Miche

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In another world
Cabaret singer—perhaps
A showgirl—maybe
Dancing as the leaves fall—fall
Laughing as the wheel spins—spins

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(for Miche)

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.
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Wisteria and The High Priestess: Cutty

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And where you were born
What purple flowers bloom there?
What songs do birds sing?
Mbote bolingo na nga
Nalingaka yo mingi

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(for Cutty)

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.

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To see all the Hanafuda/Tarot tanka posted to date, click here.

To read the chapbook Happy Birthday Hanafuda by Andrew Grimes Griffin just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

Chrysanthemum and The Empress Reversed: Ken

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Let’s sit by the stream
Put soft petals in the wine
Unmediated
We’ll socialize face-to-face—
Laughter rich as chocolate

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(for Ken)

Depth charge:  For brief explanations of the symbols in Hanafuda, click on the blue ribbon card above. To go to Ken’s blog, Talk to the Hump, click on the sake cup card above.

Ken Monteith Cinquain Toi

In addition to the beautiful and delicious Chrysanthemum Apple Pie, Ken contributed this clever cinquain, which he entitled Cinquain Toi, a pun on the fact that I am now 53, or cinquante trois.

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.
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To see all the Hanafuda/Tarot tanka posted to date, click here.

To read the chapbook Happy Birthday Hanafuda by Andrew Grimes Griffin just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

The Catalog of New Emotions: S.I.P.

Privelege has its membership

S.I.P. (Rhymes with: Yes, I pee.) noun — an acronym for Self-Important Person

Usage:      
The way he swanned in here, I thought he must be looking for the  S.I.P. lounge.

She was parading around like Yugoslavian royalty; I felt like slapping an S.I.P. badge on her.

Etymology:  The acronym comes from V.I.P.,  Very Important Person, and is used to describe a sense of entitlement and self-aggrandizing that, while as old as human history, has hit hysterical levels with the onset of selfies and social networking. Just remember: If you have to blow your own horn, it is probably a tin one.

The Catalog of New Emotions is a project to refine our emotional sensibilities through the creation of new emotions and the development of a vocabulary to express these new emotions. If you would like to contribute to this project leave a comment the definition of the new emotion, including pronunciation; examples of usage; etymology of the word and why this new emotion is necessary.

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To see all the entries in  The Catalog of New Emotions, click here.

Maple leaves and Temperance Reversed: John

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Ten thousand falling
Leaves red and gold–these your words
Flowing through this world
Beware the seductive sight
The moonlight on the water

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(for John)

Depth Charge: To access John Mackenzie’s poetry blog, click on any of the maple leaf cards above. To find out why moonlight on the water is dangerous, click on the full moon card above.  To read an enjoyable article on the symbols of hanafuda, click on the sake cup card beside the full moon card above.

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.
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Silver Grass and Strength: Katy

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First—there were shadows
Stretching through the long night—next
The beating of wings
Then a silence of moonlight
Revealed your beauty—the world

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(for Katy)

Depth charge:  For brief explanations of the symbols in Hanafuda, click on the flying geese card above.

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.
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To see all the Hanafuda/Tarot tanka posted to date, click here.

Silver Grass and The Hanged Man: Pippa

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Last seen—a blue moon
Earth—inhaling—exhaling
Silver grass swaying
Geese cutting the sky—their cries
A rain of dust in our eyes

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(for Pippa)

Depth charge:  For brief explanations of the symbols in Hanafuda, click on the flying geese card above.

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.
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Cherry Blossoms and Death: Barb

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Friendly reminder—
You get to pop death’s cherry
Once—and only once
Save yourself for that perfect
Death—train with les petit morts

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(for Barb)

Depth Charge: For some Japanese Death Poems, click on the Red Ribbon Card above.

This year for my birthday we are having fun with Hanafuda and Tarot cards.

Barb Lougheed's Cookie Tin of Death

Barb Lougheed’s Cookie Tin of Death

To see all the Hanafuda/Tarot tanka posted to date, click here.

To read the chapbook Happy Birthday Hanafuda by Andrew Grimes Griffin just click on the link. To download a pdf, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”