Thrice Bitten

Innocence heard sin

Softly whisper in her ear

“Surely you won’t die”

As red’s forbidden color

Infused us with agony

©Kay Salady

Lucas Cranach the Elder-Adam and Eve

For the Purple Treehouse on Tanka 5-7-5-7-7


About Kay Salady

I write about the greatest force on earth that, I believe, lives on forever and surpasses all else. "All your poems read like I am watching an artist use words instead of colours full of feeling." ~Anon.

Posted on August 22, 2011, in poetry and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Beautiful… if loving is a sin…count me in!


    • a display or outburst of intense mental or emotional excitement [agony]
      an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling [ecstasy]
      Words are so very powerful. It’s amazing in how many ways we can interpret them.
      Count me in!


  2. Excellent poem. I loved the last lines too.


  3. Wonderful poem. Nice use of the prompt.

    Here is my offering for this first Gooseberry Garden picnic:


  4. Temptation indeed. Very good.


  5. amazing…

    well put.



  6. beautiful poem with a bite.. i like it.

    here is my tanka share:


  7. cool poem ….red is definitely not my colour, but love can always tempt me …..thank you x


  8. very amazing work…

    thanks for sharing.


  9. this is really well done, so many layers. It’s like an Impressionist painting in words!


  10. Beautiful, well-written, Kay.


  11. yea- very succinct and to the point kay.. glad to be of acquaintance back thru gooseberry!


  12. Take a chance: human’s flaw or greatest advantage?


  13. smart entry, thanks for sharing.

    join week 3 tonight, theme: the kiss.

    bless your Sunday.


  14. lovely lines! color red can be very interesting 😉


  15. hi,

    Haiku has three lines,

    for a formal one,


    each line contains 5, 7, then 5 syllabus,

    for example, “Haiku” this word has two syllabus, Hai-ku, you read it, shall know it,

    write a Haiku piece,

    the above line has 5 syllabus, 1-1-2-1, count it, it could be the first line of a Haiku.

    your submissions are not Haiku,

    appreciated your support.

    write some authentic Haiku and share then.



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