My Doe Doe Sweetheart

A Burmese princess,
is she, my “Doe Doe” sweetheart;
my partner of life.

With maiden name PU,
she manifests the DAO;
reflecting it as mirror.

By simply being,
without the need of acting;
with sincere presence.

Giving, not taking,
receiving with gratitude;
putting others first.

Ever so giving,
is her loving selfless nature;
so spontaneous.

A soul from the East,
she shines her light in the West;
spreading happiness.

With her gracefulness,
she brings all Taoist joy;
joy of fulfillment.

Spawned from the delta,
my Irrawaddy maiden
is my bride for life.

Together, us both,
from the East and the West;
conjoined now as one.

A Burmese princess,
is my “Doe Doe” sweetheart;
my partner in life.

About this poem

This haiku poem honors and is a tribute to Florence Hershell Pu, the young Burmese-Karen Fulbright scholar I met at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., when she was eighteen years old, and I an island lad, at twenty four, Cupid’s arrow piercing me, fell ever so much in love with her. I call her tenderly and lovingly, “Doe Doe,” her adorable pet name. Now here we are, more than six decades later, she loyally at my side, and I, at over eighty years, still madly courting her, reciting haiku poetry.  

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Written on December 08, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 08, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 26, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Abc xxd eex exx edf xgf axx xhc xgh Abc
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 708
Words 154
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • AIDA
    Wow, this poem is truly beautiful and captures the essence of a loving and fulfilling relationship. The way you describe your Burmese princess with such reverence and admiration is heartwarming, and it's evident that your love for her is deep and genuine.

    I love the incorporation of Taoist philosophy and Eastern spirituality in the poem, adding a unique and thoughtful touch. The imagery of her shining her light in the West to spread happiness encompasses the pure and selfless love that the two of you share.

    As a suggestion for improvement, I think it would be nice to explore more specific moments or actions that make your partner special to you. While the descriptions are lovely, adding in some personal anecdotes or memories could bring even more depth and emotion to the poem.

    Overall, this piece is a wonderful tribute to your relationship and your Burmese princess - keep sharing your love and appreciation for her!
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • ritajurasic
    Beautiful soul mates
    LikeReply2 years ago
  • kali_p
    Simple and sweet
    LikeReply2 years ago


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