Ameri-Ku: “After All These Years”

Photo and poem by Joni Caggiano ©

An Ameri-Ku by Joni 

Oh my mesmerizing love, you awaken my deep desire
with your hot hand on my bare shoulder,

intoxicating smells tantalizing taste buds, our fine wine
whetting our appetite for one another,

toasting our love, art hanging, and baskets of light,
dancing notes by Auclair-Fortin playing, my heart now sways
twenty-five years passing like a few days

The Ameri-Ku/Euro-Ku is a style of poetry created by Francisco Bravo Cabrera (aka Valenciartist). This style is an homage to the traditional Japanese Haiku that highlights aspects of American/European/Western culture.

For more information about the definition of this new poetry style, please visit Francisco’s site to read his latest Euro-Ku

50 thoughts on “Ameri-Ku: “After All These Years”

    1. Thank you Tim. I am very excited about this new style developed by Francisco. It does suit my writing well and he thought it would. He is a brilliant poet, musician, photographer and artist. You know how much I appreciate your support. You are a kind friend to me. I hope you might check out Francisco work if you don’t already follow him. His work is sold all over the world. I hope you and your wife enjoy a wonderful weekend together. Sending my love. ❤️🤗❤️🤗

  1. After twenty five years
    you’ve earned the right
    to write exuberantly
    all about it, Joni 💞 🥂

    ( … but as my grumpy
    grandfather would say,
    “Twenty five years? You
    get less for murder!” 😎 )

    1. That is really funny David. Scott is still laughing in the kitchen. Thanks for reading David. I don’t know if you know Francisco but you have some talents in common. Sending you and your beautiful muse big hugs and my love. Enjoy your weekend. Sending some flowers 💐 🌸🌺🌹 it was in the 80’s here yesterday, like a summer day. Big hugs to you both. 🤗❤️🤗❤️

    1. Thank you Cassa. I hope you are having a great weekend. I appreciate your reading. Check out Francisco’s site sometime when you have a few moments. Hope all is well with you and your family. Blessings to you Cassa. ❤️🤗🦋🌹

    1. Thank you so much Francis I am very excited about this new style of poetry you developed. It is a very exciting way to describe our relative cultures. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Big hugs and lots of love ❤️ Joni

      1. Thank you again your encouragement and support of my writing has always been a blessing. You are such a wonderful poet yourself. A man of many talents. Sending hugs and love to you two. 🤗❤️🤗

    1. Oh thank you Francis I so appreciate those words. I want to do the form justice. Thank you again. Sending you two a big happy weekend from Scott and I. ❤️🤗

      1. You’re very welcome Joni, and you certainly have…and will…do it justice, for sure! A great Friday and weekend to you and Scott!

      2. You both do the same. 🤗🌹💐🌸 It was in the 80’s yesterday here. Just gorgeous, hope you two have beautiful weather as well. Love Joni

      3. Thank you Joni. Well, the weather here is good, mostly, but there is a bit of a rain-storm crossing by the province, fortunately here in the capital it rarely rains hard. Take good care and all the best, big hugs to you and Scott.

    1. Thank you Ken very much. You know I was thinking you should have someone record you at the reading coming up. You could also just do a recording of you reading your work on your site. Big hugs and thank you. Also I hope you will check out Francisco’s site. He is a multi-talented man. Big hugs to your family my friend. Love Joni ❤️❤️

      1. I’ll be sure to check out his site as soon as possible Joni, thanks. 😁 I actually had someone record me before so I was thinking of having someone do it again for me! 👍😁 Recording myself reading for my site is 1 of my goals for the New Year.

      2. Yea, glad to hear it. You look like a natural in front of the crowd. For my recordings I just use voice memo but it would be nice if you could do a video recording. Big hugs 🤗 to you and blessings my friend. ❤️

      3. Ha! I’m a nervous wreck of a guy before I get up Joni! But that seems to change once I start reading my poems. 📖😁 Yeh, I’ve used a voice memo before but definitely keen on doing a video recording! 😁📹

  2. I love this new style, and how cool that our mutual friend Francisco invented it!!! It flows really well, and every time you write about your relationship, I can feel your love in the words! ❤️🥰😊

    1. I am so glad you love the new form Tiffany. Yes, Francisco developed the philosophy and specifics for the style. I love it too. You are sweet Tiffany to write such a kind comment. I am glad the love is transported through my words. Thank you. Marriage is a blessing when you have the same core values and faith too. I think it takes work to make it last and to keep the passion. I remember when I was young and I thought love was something that never hurt and also held the exact degree of passion as when you first met your person. If you are truly blessed I believe you work together become great friends and still have passion but not where you are on every piece of furniture in the house, if you know what I mean. Sending you and your love a big bag of toys via air balloon. Oh and don’t forget you still have to work next week. Have fun!!! Big hugs Tiffany. Love ❤️ Joni

    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. I love this format which Francisco developed along with the Euro-Ku that Francisco developed and copyrighted. He explains the philosophical reasoning behind the format and the reason for the differences from the original Haiku.
      Thank you so much for reading Ingrid and I pray that you are feeling better today and that the little ones are better as well. Sending my love and prayers your way. Love ❤️ Joni

    1. Oh thank you so much my wise friend. I am delighted that you liked it. Have a beautiful day and perhaps a little adventure as well. Love ❤️ Joni

    1. Oh thank you Henrietta. You are too kind. Thank you so much I am very excited about this new form of poetry that Francisco developed. It works well with my writing. I am guessing you too could write a beautiful Ameri-Ku. Blessings to you and your family. Big hugs and love ❤️

      1. Thank you 😊 and thank you for the love and blessing 🌸💕lots of love coming your way. Blessings to you and your family too

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