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I Kissed You Today

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Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

The Background

This article consists of a couple of Tanka poems inspired by Brenda Arledge's amazing word prompt "Today". The poems capture a snapshot of time that would forever be cherished by me throughout life. Life is after all a potpourri of "todays", some meant to be cherished and others deemed to be forgotten.

I Kissed You Today

I Kissed You Today

I Kissed You Today.....

I kissed you today
trying not to bite your lip
to savor the taste
of pink vodka and honey
oozing perpetually.


In the soft lamplight
I seek the fiery thrill
of your rosy lips
curved like an archer’s bow
sending sweet arrows on and on.


Sometimes I wonder
how bravely you protected
your sugary lips
from the rampaging ants
that surround it all around.


Should I be afraid of
the monstrous sea waves outside
or your pouting lips
aimed mercilessly at me
like a gun over my face.


Your kissable lips
tapped into deep memories
and soon I forgot
the years of separation
as if they were nothing.

I Saw You Today.....

I Saw You Today.....

I Saw You Today.....

I saw you today
sifting through sunset shadows.
Your enchanting voice
painting a riot of colors
over the windswept autumn.


The flying wild geese
celebrated your arrival.
Gold chrysanthemums
bloomed under your dainty feet.
Your smile vanquished the darkness.


Raindrops swam within
your glowing, translucent skin.
Gentle vagrant zephyrs
playfully poked at church bells
enthralled under your fragrance.


Deafening thunder
shattered my beautiful dream.
The flowers vanish.
A lightning flash reveals you
buried under a gravestone.

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks Peggy for your comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for your comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2021:

Both of your poems were highly evocative of moments in time.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 04, 2021:

This is an amazing response to Brenda's prompt, Ravi.

Definitely a different one.Thanks for sharing

Blessings

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks for your comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 04, 2021:

Ravi

What a wonderful way to look at it...snapshots of time that make up the potpourri of today.

Your words paint a vivd picture in these poems.

Like your pouting lips aimed mercilessly at me

&

Deafening thunder

shattered my beautiful dream.

Most of your words penned today are Descriptive.

They allow us to picture each scene in our mind.

Great writing.

The last one is a tear jerker...so sad.

I will post a link to the article.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

This article consists of a couple of Tanka poems inspired by Brenda Arledge's amazing word prompt "Today". The poems capture a snapshot of time that would forever be cherished by me throughout life. Life is after all a potpourri of "todays", some meant to be cherished and others deemed to be forgotten.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks Iqra for your comments

Iqra from East County on May 04, 2021:

Awesome poem ravi

You too have written a beautiful poem inspired by Brenda. No doubt she is a legend.

Thanks Ravi for sharing

Peace and blessings

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks Kathy

Kathy Henderson from Pa on May 04, 2021:

Your imagery is profound and draws an emotive picture. Nicely done!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada for your comments

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2021:

Nice response to the word prompt, Today.

Well expressed and intense—Impressive tanka poems.

Thank you for sharing.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on May 04, 2021:

Thanks John for your comments. I am glad you liked it.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 04, 2021:

Wow, Ravi, you certainly hit the "today" for a home run. These two poems are so descriptive and well-written. I am impressed.

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