Poet dude, or: Symbol

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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masculine mouth smiles
 that smooth sensuous mustache
 more symbol than style
 sexy face a mystery
 poet dude's alluring ode


  • Last time, I attempted to write a poem with the ‘Geek Set’ for the first time; and for this poem, I decided to try out the ‘Mustache Set’;
    • I had thought that the ‘Geek Set’ would be easier than the ‘Nature Set’, but – oh boy – was I mistaken about that;
    • And – just now – I discovered that using the ‘Mustache Set’ is even more difficult;
  • I again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • Tanka traditionally have a ‘turn’ in the 3rd line, but I didn’t include one in this poem because it turned out to be too much of a challenge for me;
    • In fact, putting together any mustache-themed words at all that sounded anything like a poem was not easy;
  • I searched for a photograph of this particular model smiling (as the poet does in the tanka), but I couldn’t… so I opted for a pensive pose of his instead, which, I decided, is what he looks like when he writes poetry 🧔

55 thoughts on “Poet dude, or: Symbol”

  1. Poet dude…I’ve known a few of those. I love the way the two words sound together anyway.
    Geek and Mustache are definitely the hardest sets for me. (K)

  2. A mustache set? That is hilarious. What will the magnetic makers think of next?
    I am not convinced a mustache is smooth, but your poem about the subject is. 🧔

          1. Quintessential stache! It is a smooth one. Not everyone sporting a hairy upper lip, has his style and finesse. May he (and his mustache) rest in peace. 🎶 💗

          2. I see your point. To beard or not to beard? 🤔 Relationships have their share of compromises. Hopefully, it never involves less kisses. 💏

  3. Any poem that praises mustaches has a head start with me! A mustache is about the only thing my two husbands had in common! Nicely done, David! Love the photo. ❤ Robert is cleanshaven, but I love him anyway! All the best!

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