Hour 12: The Courtesan

The Courtesan
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Pouring out the wine

She does not speak, she’s silent

She does not love him

He thinks of her so fondly

Yet he will not marry her

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About this poem:

This is another first. If nothing else, the marathon was a grand opportunity to experiment with form and structure. I had had this form on my list of try-its for awhile, so it seemed an appropriate time to take a shot at it.

Form/Style: Tanka
Rhythm/Metre: None
Rhyme/Scheme: Syllabic scheme of 5-7-5-7-7
Themes and Tone:
It was actually inspired by a fan fiction story, to an extent. The theme in general is not uncommon. It explores, in its few words, the complexities of the relationship between a prostitute and one of her regular clients; the way each party views the arrangement, the way they each behave in contradiction to their feelings.

 

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