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Hanakotoba


Words are not enough
Language of April showers
Say it with flowers.

Gracious camellia
Daintily posing, but in vain
Begonia lost in thought.

Desirable
Hopes teeming with ambition
Of a stargazer.

From friendship to love
Exchanging yellow petals
With the deepest red.

Delicate beauty
Of hibiscus in full bloom
Inspires iris.

A blushing lilac
Unaware of dawning day
Dreaming of first love.

Bittersweet flower
Ever loyal to the end
Won’t betray a friend.

Parting time is near
Save the memories within
And forget-me-not.

Yellow hyacinth
With a heart that knows no peace
Nest of jealousy.

Morning breeze scatters  
The rich fragrance of jasmine’s  
Deep sensuality.
 
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* Hanakotoba is the language of flowers.
** each flower is bestowed with symbolism & meaning.
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Author: Paul Callus
Contest: Any Poem#21
Sponsor: Poet Destroyer A
Placing: 8th

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 5/15/2014 9:31:00 PM
a very belated congrats on these amazing haiku.
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Paul Callus
Date: 5/16/2014 1:27:00 PM
Thank you Andrea! Belated wishes are as welcome as your visit :)) // paul
Date: 4/27/2014 6:09:00 AM
My Dear Paul, A well deserved win and a big Congratulations for such a fine expression you have given when it comes to each delicate flower...I love flowers and worked in a floral shop off and on for about five years so, each flower you described I could see in my minds eye, the beauty and I could smell the fragrances with each one representing it's uniqueness. Awesome Poem...Cinda
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Date: 4/27/2014 6:26:00 AM
Hi Cinda! Thank you for the exquisite remarks. Unless one is acquainted with flowers it would be somewhat hard to really understand what these haiku are saying. So glad you enjoyed. cu :) // paul
Date: 4/22/2014 1:13:00 PM
What does the rose say?...wonderful write and win Paul
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Joseph May
Date: 4/22/2014 4:14:00 PM
Ah yes I see...thank you Paul
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Date: 4/22/2014 1:25:00 PM
The rose, though not mentioned by name, speaks in the 4th haiku. A yellow one stands for friendship...deepest red for love! // thanks for wishes. // paul
Date: 4/22/2014 9:50:00 AM
Congratulation on the fine win with this lovely poem, paul
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Date: 4/22/2014 10:00:00 AM
So glad to have you visiting again Dr. Ram; thanks for the wishes. // paul
Date: 4/22/2014 5:57:00 AM
Wow ! What a great poem ,,, all flowers have words to say but only for we to understand,,,,beyond my imagination,,, simply amazing Paul,,,great win,, congrats !
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Date: 4/22/2014 9:31:00 AM
Hi Dr. Upma! Thank you for the congrats and lovely comments; so glad you enjoyed this :) // paul
Date: 4/21/2014 9:30:00 PM
Hello Paul, Congratulations, --Enjoyed your awesome win. Thank you so much for the support... Always & forever *Linda
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Date: 4/22/2014 9:33:00 AM
Thank you Linda...always looking out for your contests !:) maybe one of these days I'll strike it rich!:):) // paul
Date: 4/20/2014 4:10:00 PM
Enjoyed the meanings of all these flowers. I believe it was quite the custom to incorporate the language of flowers into the posies sent. They called them Tussy Mussies. Good Luck with this lovely portait of flowers. SuZ
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Date: 4/21/2014 4:19:00 PM
Hi Suzanne! so pleased to have you stopping by :) Thank you for the interesting comments, too. cu // paul
Date: 4/17/2014 5:58:00 AM
This, Poet Paul, is a flourishing set of haiku and I enjoyed every single petal. Congrats on THE write. Dutch Greetings Elly PS What else than rated 7 and a FAV
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Date: 4/17/2014 8:04:00 AM
This reply of yours, Elly, is a poem in itself :) Thank you for the fav and high rating; you made my day (such positive criticism from YOU is worth a lot to me :)) // paul
Date: 4/15/2014 3:08:00 PM
Dear Paul, Amazing use of personification, giving voice and emotions to each flower. Thanks for explaining "Hanakotoba." Indeed, each flower takes on a different meaning. My mother loved begonias. Perhaps she was often lost in thought. Delightful! Best wishes in PD's contest. Carolyn
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Date: 4/15/2014 3:20:00 PM
Hi Carolyn...you rightly interpret the spirit in which these haiku were written; thank you for the lovely comments; a most appreciated visit :) // paul
Date: 4/14/2014 7:51:00 AM
Very well done my friend Paul for now I have learned a lot and since I have got a roof garden it will be handy! thank you!
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/14/2014 8:12:00 AM
Appreciate your lovely comments Demi! Not everyone is that lucky to have a garden; I have one at the back of my house; you at least have one over your head :) // paul
Date: 4/14/2014 5:56:00 AM
wow!!!! so alluring beauty of flowers and its fragrant.. :D i love flowers.. :) :) the one i love most is the sunflower though not the rose..... wonderfulwrite indeed! God bless dearie Paul.. : ==olive_eloi with wink and smile
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Paul Callus
Date: 4/14/2014 7:03:00 AM
Thank you so much Olive_eloi :) If a flower had to be named after you I'd call it Oleosa :) glad you liked these haiku. cu :):) // paul
Date: 4/14/2014 4:27:00 AM
- A haiku written with flowers, scents, dreams and love --- Just Beautiful, Paul ! - Luck in contest ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 4/14/2014 5:00:00 AM
Thank you Anne Lise...you just about summed it all up :) love your ever welcome comments...and visits :) // paul
Date: 4/13/2014 5:05:00 PM
this is sure to capture PD's heart. lots of color in this one for our spring day!
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Date: 4/14/2014 4:16:00 AM
Hope it does! Flowers tempt with colours and they all have a message to pass on. txs for stopping by Andrea :) // paul