Poem: Tanka – “Dirty Skin”

Thanks to The Daily Post for the word prompt dirty.





Covered in dust all over,

Dirt caked on every inch of skin.

Brushing particles,

Away from sensitive eyes,

All to see you better — to inhale.


Soap washes away dirt,

But in this heat, hot breeze,

All matter dust sticks,

One never feels clean enough.

Today, I can breathe, you’re gone.


It’s a funny twist,

Your presence makes me feel dirty.

Think skin abrading,

Thoughts, warm my soul, other spots–

Bodies in heat, sweaty, raw.


Toiling in the sun,

Fair skin has no chance, burns.

You’re looking out,

Eyes meet and sensation, wins.

Your walking here, I can’t breathe.


You tip my chin up,

Looking into eyes feasting,

Pale meets dark, dirty.

Nights and days never the same,

Washing away dirt, you stay.


Blessed water heals scorch.

But your skin burns mine deeper.

Your eyes look, don’t stop,

Your forever watching me,

Easy smile knows how to replete.


To hot for words, said.

You’ve ruined me for other men.

I’m exalting at sin.

Beads of sweat, on my cheek soft.

Bite my lip, sweat and blood lost.


All this dirty skin,

Such a pain to clean again,

Your ‘dirty‘ overwhelms.

Sin I can’t seem to forbid.

When our bodies entangle.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.


28 thoughts on “Poem: Tanka – “Dirty Skin”

  1. hooklineandinkwell March 20, 2016 / 12:09 am

    Oooh, such a dirty series of tanka. Cleverly ad brilliantly written, Mandi!

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      • hooklineandinkwell March 20, 2016 / 12:12 am

        🙂 You are welcome! I did, maybe too much haha

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      • hooklineandinkwell March 20, 2016 / 12:18 am

        Haha!!!! I am happy you received the message 🙂 🙂

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  2. mihrank March 20, 2016 / 1:30 am

    brilliant – you took me to Venice of Romance – great imagination…

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  3. Priceless Joy March 20, 2016 / 2:14 am

    So that was all about sex? LOL! It went right over my head! hahaha! Great poem, Mandi!!

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    • mandibelle16 March 20, 2016 / 2:15 am

      Haha yes some of of it alluded to it. Both lust and how things progress to it at the end. I mean the prompt was ‘dirty’ lol.


    • mandibelle16 March 20, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks Rosema. “Dirty” can be all those words and more. Lol


  4. Hemangini March 20, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    Such a sexy poem!! You took dirty to a whole new level and gave it a life people would wanna be dirty for 😉 Wonderful tanka Mandie! Loved it

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    • mandibelle16 March 21, 2016 / 2:42 am

      Haha. Thank you Susan. I’m sure “Dirty” was a hard prompt word for many people to think around 🙂

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      • Susan Langer March 21, 2016 / 4:50 am

        Yes. I guess so. I had one challenge today with a prompt of “egg” and I passed on that one. Couldn’t think of anything but Easter Eggs. LOL 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 March 21, 2016 / 6:54 pm

        Haha. Yes, I know some of the one word prompts are difficult but I like them a lot because it’s usually easier to construct a blog piece about a word them some of the blog prompts in the past 🙂 have a great week Susan 🙂

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