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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strange Bed - this is an ekphrastic blend of haibun [prose+haiku] and Tanka Story [prose+tanka] also called "tanka prose", published by The British Haiku Society

Strange Bed 

Pulling clothes off each other
            we crawl up the stairs of your parents’ home.
bed, vt:
to have sexual intercourse with somebody (informal). 
A transitive verb is an action that requires one or more objects

our clouds of breath
the river bank reveals
its water vole

Already the final act is begun, squared up, and oblonged.
This small rectangle of a room in a room; we play our dance card.

this waiting room
of ladders
I run to the sky
so every bell rings out
with your musk

bed, noun:
a rectangular state of sexual intimacy associated with being in bed with somebody. 
noun (from Latin nōmen, literally meaning “name”)

the bee hotel
a solitary walk inside
my numbered cells

Linguistically, a noun is a member of a large, open part of speech whose members can occur as the main word in the object of a verb, or object of a proposition.

sticker book…
I peel away your edge
of the galaxy

We begin our syllabary of death and sex on this raised platform,
a simple structure that serves as a base for keeping things simple and above ground.

the rain opening
                and closing its proboscis

bed, early, meaning:
important development lifting straw piles off the ground to avoid drafts, dirt, and certain pests. 

the greenness
of new songs into blue
streaming out of clouds
I see the way ahead
is a yellow brick road

Strange Bed © Alan Summers 2017

Haibun/Tanka Story 

Ekphrastic treatment of ’Strange Bed’ by David Cobley
oil on linen 12x12in (30.5 x 30.5cm)

Publication Credit:
Blithe Spirit (Journal of the British Haiku Society)

Vol. 27 no. 1 (February 2017)

Deliberate typos and dodgy definitions by Alan Summers

Strange Bed by David Cobley:
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1 comment:

Seaview said...

A very enjoyable read, Alan.