Love Acknowledgements #haibun

In a different space,
At a different time,
I could have loved you.

Colleen’s ekphrastic photo prompt

The rivers of love
Flow thoughtless and fall reckless
Hidden destinies

She blooms like a rose
Lush, sweet and sensuous
Flirts like an angel; on a night off duty
Her words prick his heart
And desire oozes out against his will
He knows he could love her
That they’d be great together
But each time he blushes…
Then smiles…
And simply walks away

The rivers of love
Splash about with disregard
Tastes of temptation

He smiles like a dream
His eyes dress her in lust
And her heartbeat races each time
She longs to caress and cradle
The sinews and strands that chisel his body
To sate her deepest fantasies
But all she does is look from afar
Never daring
Never risking

The rivers of love
They smoothe the toughest resolves
So dear one; take heed!
Lest you slip to heart’s demise
Breaking upon love’s promise

He smiles but walks away
She craves but stays afar
And once they meet at home
They sigh without regret
Embracing the love they’ve nurtured
Shielded from the trappings;
Of love acknowledgements!

Ever had a partner,
Then met someone and thought to yourself;

In a different space
At a different time
You could have loved them

I believe it’s natural to have love acknowledgements,
As long as you are in control,
And at peace.

© judeitakali


I hope you enjoy this haibun poem that I wrote for Colleen’s tanka Tuesday; in bold italics are a couple of haiku and a tanka.
As usual, I’d like to know your thoughts.

Just a reminder that my new book is live on Amazon and I created a landing page on my site, where you can find all the latest reviews and know more about it. Click the link below to explore;

CROSSROADS (Winds of love)

PS.

Colleen just published her amazing book on crafting syllabic poetry. Check out the link below. I’ve learnt and I’m still learning so much from her.

Word craft poetry and prose. Crafting syllabic poetry forms

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

84 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Interesting poem, Jude.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thanks Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome!

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Beauty all over here! Falling in love, destiny….

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much elizabeth.

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  3. michnavs says:

    oh, what a brilliant poem Jude.. and this one “In a different space,
    At a different time,
    I could have loved you”… i adore this

    Liked by 3 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much Michelle. Glad you appreciate it.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Ingrid says:

    So beautiful and poignant! It is possible to fall in love without committing any other act.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      and we don’t have to always act on love, though those who act on it should not be judged as well.

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  5. sammicakes says:

    romantic and full of longing!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you so much Sammi,

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  6. balroop2013 says:

    The rivers of love have many dimensions…you’ve captured them so well Jude. 👌

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Roop☺️

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  7. Suma Reddy says:

    I can see you blushing Jude, ha ha! That’s an amazingly awesome Poem with sweetest love filled. Beautiful Poem 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, darn that smile of mine. Thank you so much Suma☺️

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      1. Suma Reddy says:

        My pleasure dear friend.

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  8. Another lovely rhythmic and beautiful poem, Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Robbie..

      Like

  9. I really like this, both your theme and the way its written! I fall in love with new people all the time, but I’m committed to the relationship I chose. Sometimes I do think, I could have loved that person in a different space or different time, but I have no regrets.
    P.S. I bought your book Crossroads, its supposed to arrive tomorrow or Monday!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad you understand Melanie.
      can’t thank you enough for taking a chance on my book. it means sooo much to me. i’ll keep my fingers crossed that you enjoy it.
      lots of love.

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  10. Jules says:

    I think I only thought of other different relationships when I was actually much younger and dating. 😉 Once I married I knew I had the best partner I could ever have 💕

    I’m looking to place an order soon for some friends books…
    Yours will be on that list 😀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      That’s so romantic. I think marriage shifts the mindset, and once one decides to take that life decision, there can be a huge mental adjustment .
      This doesn’t happen for everyone for so long but it happens and I think having children further exacerbates it.
      But then again, I’m not married so I’m just assuming.

      Thank you for considering my book dear Jules. I’d definitely be grateful, but I do miss our correspondence even more. I hope you’re staying safe my friend.

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      1. Jules says:

        Check your email 💞

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  11. -Eugenia says:

    You know, this piece is very special because it reflects on thoughts many may keep to themselves. Love has many aspects, some we don’t understand or admit to. Beautiful and mind-stirring piece, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eugi. I’m glad you appreciate the many permutations of love.
      I believe it’s important to pick and concentrate on one love, but despite my religious teachings, I do not believe that people who don’t pick one, should be judged by society the way most societies do.

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        I agree, Jude. With that said, I feel if one commits to another, they should be honest about their feelings for others.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        That’s a very dangerous situation to put yourself in. If you don’t intend to act on those feelings it’s much better to just keep them to oneself. Saying them loud will definitely cause more harm than good I think.

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      3. -Eugenia says:

        I agree.

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  12. DonyazCorner says:

    I love this!❤❤❤❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Donya.

      Like

      1. DonyazCorner says:

        You’re welcome

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  13. memadtwo says:

    Love does not mean you need to close your eyes to all else. But commitment should be taken seriously. Of course you say it much more beautifully! (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, I think you’ve said it beautifully too, I entirely agree K. 🧡

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  14. This is beautiful!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sirishty. ❤️

      Like

  15. ellaaray says:

    Nice tale

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

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      1. ellaaray says:

        You’re welcome

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  16. Dakshali Gupta says:

    What’s haibun Jude ?

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haibun is a combination of haiku and direct prose.

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      1. Oh.. .okay thanks !

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    2. judeitakali says:

      Juxtaposed and not directly associated yet connected

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  17. mariamichaela says:

    This got me thinking. Lovely poem, Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Michaela. I was also pondering quite a bit when I wrote it.

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  18. A sensitive subject, Jude! You’ve so beautifully expressed it. When commitment is serious, nothing else matters.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Anisha. As long as the seriousness does not suffocate too much.

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      1. Anisha says:

        I agree!

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  19. Diana says:

    So beautiful and sublime, Jude!! ❤️❤️❤️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Diana❤️❤️

      Liked by 1 person

  20. skipread says:

    This one is heartfelt, Jude. I loved it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Skip.

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  21. Jude, this is fabulous! You always write the most heartfelt love poetry. I’m in awe! Thank you for sharing my book link. I need to update the Tanka Tuesday book store. I’ll work on that this week. ❤

    So prose with a haiku is a haibun. Prose with a tanka is tanka prose! I know those Japanese forms like to keep things technical. LOL! ❤

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the appreciation Colleen. How about in this case, prose with two haiku, and then a tanka.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Jude Itakali’s poetic #haibun for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

  23. A wonderful poem, Jude and the pictures of the lush greenery and waterfalls are so awesome.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Kamal, it was a nice image prompt.

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      1. Yes absolutely true. Always welcome 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  24. this is a poem in the category of – Food for thoughts. But also very real emotion we all go through.
    I especially loved –
    He smiles but walks away
    She craves but stays afar

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Smitha. Yes it’s definitely pondering and opinion. I think Love epiphanies are never set in stone. 🧡

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  25. ceetimax says:

    Nice one Jude.
    I love reading stuffs from creative writers and you happen to be on the list.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot for the kind remarks😃🙏🏽

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much.

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  26. Love flows, beautifully written my friend

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jay.

      Liked by 1 person

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