Ripe Buds – An Ameri-Ku

©Ameri-Ku by Joni Caggiano – Photograph by Joni Caggiano

Patterns moving on grandma’s quilt
sun turning our youthful skin pink like ample florets,

ripe buds open with a sigh in red clay
tender caresses melt the freckles on my cheeks,

smelling lavender mixing with your desire
you trace I love you, on my firm thighs, I grow weak


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.

53 thoughts on “Ripe Buds – An Ameri-Ku

    1. Thank you Cassa. I am delighted you enjoyed it. Thank you. Truth be known I had to walk into a neighbor’s yard to get that photograph. I was immediately met with a very good neighborhood watch person. I apologized to the neighbor when he returned and he seemed fine about it. Nice to know people are looking out for each other. I won’t step onto someone else’s yard again without permission. Have an amazing weekend my friend. Love ❤️ Joni

      1. Fingers crossed Joni! 🤞🙏 As last 2 weeks have been fun! 😛😂 Anne & myself both had Covid. I still have it but it’s at the tail end of it. Thankfully! And am aunt of my wife died. Anne was like a daughter to her as she’d no kids of her own. 🙁

      2. Ken I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I am also sorry you have been so sick. I am so sorry about your wife’s aunt. What a loss for your wife and so sad as she was still likely young. I will pray for your family Ken. We have seen many people in our neighborhood get Civid lately, all vaccinated and boostered. There are two new strains even more contagious then Omnicron. I truly hope you are both 100 percent soon. Blessings to you and please give your wife my condolences. Love to your family my friend. 🌺🌹💕🌸💝💐

      3. Yeh, same here Joni. 👍 All vaccinated & boosted too! Ah she was 79 years old and had suffered from advanced dementia 7 years of her life. A horrible disease, plays awful tricks on your mind! Wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. Hopefully she’s at peace now. 🤞🙏😇Thanks very much for all your kind thoughts and wishes! 😊

      4. Oh I am sorry to hear that. She was an early onset dementia victim. So hard on the families. I too hope she is at peace now, you are right that is a horrible disease. My pleasure Ken and thanks for letting me know so I could pray for your family. Big hugs and blessings. ❤️🤗🦋🙏

      5. Can be very difficult when they don’t recognise you alright. 👍Or when they start to get frustrated with themselves. No problem Joni, I know it’d go straight from you to God and no one else.🙏😊 Mind yourself; stay creative and take care. 🤞🙏😁

  1. A beautiful photo and and enchanting poem. Love the line “ripe buds open with a sigh…”
    Your poetry is a blessing Joni. Keep on!
    Blessings and much love to you, my friend.

    1. Thank you so very much Suzette for your kind words.
      “Your poetry is a blessing Joni.”

      Well you just made my day with that line, thank you so much. Blessings and love to you too my friend. Big hugs too. ❤️🤗🤗🦋

  2. I love this but am not familiar with the style. Would you mind explaining it to me? Is there a particular cadence, rhythm or number of syllables to Ameri-ku? Fascinating to learn new things! 🌟

    1. Hi Nancy and thank you so much for reading. I am going to refer you to a link: Francisco Bravo Cabrera the exceptionally talented man who came up with this style explains it very well. The Ameri-Ku has the same exact rules of the Euro-Ku but follows the culture and traditions of the western world. I believe he talks about that as well. Francisco is an world known artist, a talented musician, an excellent photographer and writes beautiful poetry as well. I was drawn to his work the first time I saw it and knew there was something special about it. His faith is often seen in his work as is his love for life. If you are interested here is a feature about a piece of art my husband and I had commissioned. We wanted many faucets of our faith shown in the work and this also shows one of his commissioned pieces up closely. Have a blessed day.

      1. This is wonderful, Joni. Looking forward to reading all about it. I’m relatively new to poetry and haiku but always willing to learn. Thanks for sharing! 🌟

      2. Me too. I love reading new styles of poetry. You are very welcome. Sending hugs and wishes for an incredible week. ❤️🤗

      1. My pleasure, “children are a heritage from the Lord.” They are both handsome young guys. It was nice that you share so much of our journey. Big hugs 🤗

    1. Thank you Tim. I am glad you felt this piece. Thank you for your kind comment. I think you have a big heart. Love to you and your family. ❤️

    1. You are so welcome. Francisco Bravo Cabrera really gets the credit. He developed the first Euro-Ku and set the style and rules for this newly created way to write poetry. Sending you and your family hugs and love. ❤️🦋

    1. That makes me smile. So glad you do and I appreciate your reading. You are always so very busy my friend. Sending out lots of big hugs and lots of love and smiles……. xoxoxoxo

      1. You should teach poetry in the form of abstract thinking. )))💗((( hugs back!

      2. What an extremely kind comment. You have touched my heart today with these words, thank you so much sincerely. Sending fresh baked pastries and a pot of fresh pressed coffee to keep your morning hopping. Sending hugs and love, Joni

      3. Oh I mean it from my heart sweetie. You are exceptional! Thank you for your yummies!💕🍮🍮

      4. You know…… comments made by aoc are not posting. I responded earlier that I am sincere about your teaching poetry online. You have what it takes. Thank you again for the yummy treats! Warm Hugs! 🍮🍮💞

      5. So glad I found this is the pending folder, this has made my day and has me smiling my friend. Thank you for your kindness. Sending much love to you and your loved ones as well. xoxoxoxoxo

      6. This kind note also ending up in the pending folder. Wishing you the biggest and most wonderful celebration this Easter. Wishing you a day filled with love, laughter and blessings. Big hugs to you. xoxoxoxo

    1. Thank you Cindy for reading and I am glad you enjoyed the piece. Sending you big hugs and blessings for this special weekend. Love you, ❤️ Joni

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