Monday, October 22, 2012

IGWRT's Sunday Mini-Challenge - Jueju


Boldly you approach, swallow me
whole, nudge my quivering knees
as I give way, float
upon riverbed of spent passion.

by Margaret Bednar, 10-22-2012


This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's "Sunday Mini-Challenge:  Jueju"  This is one of the oldest of Chinese poetry patterns and was very popular in the 3rd century.  It often carried "suggestively erotic themes".  It does not tell a story but attempts to create a mood.   The English version has the following guidelines:  5 words per line, 4 lines per stanza, theme suggestive of erotic love, couplets or rhymes.

Also linked with IGWRT's "Open Link Monday".

The photos I took this weekend as my youngest daughter and I hiked the Linville Gorge and Waterfall located in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway.   It was a long, tiring day, and possible one of the most difficult hikes I have ever experienced.  The second path to the bottom of the falls is root, rock and bolder filled and very steep in places.   I didn't read a brochure until AFTER we completed the hike, but it is recommended to only partake of the hike if you are in reasonably good shape as it is very difficult.


20 comments:

Tania A said...

Lovely photos - of places I recognize! - and a delicious read as well!

Helen said...

... I'm melting .......

razzamadazzle said...

Beautiful pictures. They match perfectly your poem.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Those pictures are glorious, and your metaphor conveys the passion of love very well.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Lovely--took my breath away a bit!

Other Mary said...

Oooh, that is luscious language! Beautiful pictures too.

aprille said...

Gorgeous. I'm envious of your day on that hike. Is that a stretch of the A.T.?

Kay L. Davies said...

I love "float upon riverbed of spent fashion"! Beautiful, Margaret, so beautiful, and the photos are spectacular.
K

manicddaily said...

Terrific - sounds like passion not completely spent yet! k.

Grace said...

I like riverbed of spent passion ~

Lovely pictures from your hike ~ Thanks for sharing them ~

Hannah Pratt said...

Wow, this is amazing makes me think of a particular night of passion. Amazing.

RMP said...

I had to read it twice. the image at the start had me going one way, but by the time I hit the end I caught the hit of your suggestive theme. I had to go back and read it again to make sure I was reading it right. very nicely done!

Ella said...

ooh, I thought of Calgon take me away, lol
I loved how romantic your poem is!
You so captured the challenge!
Bravo...really great and I love the photos!!! Gorgeous~

my heart's love songs said...

gorgeous, Margaret!

Loredana Donovan said...

Beautiful photo and very sensual poem. I like this poetry form! :)

Green Speck said...

Passionate words ...

G-Man said...

Margaret Bednar...
You do have a way with words.
Only you can have Mother Nature sound erotic.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

SpecTACular photos, and awesome jue ju, Margaret. You live in such a lovely landscape.

Jim said...

Hi Margaret ~~ A wonderful feeling from reading this poem. I love the image of 'riverbed of spent passion' (not in your pictures, there is NO picture for this image).

Your pictures turned out nice. The Parkway is sooo pretty. We walked a short bit of it years ago.

Were also in N.C. right after spending Thanksgiving near Jackson, TN. Everything was still pretty then, especially pretty because we had some snow.
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Marian said...

ohhh quivering knees!