Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A Dark Poem Based on Japanese Folklore

Today's post honours Rommy of Kestril's Rhythms and Groove on her birthday. Dear Rommy, I've learned so much from your blog over the years about Japanese tea ceremonies, kimonos and other interesting aspects of Japanese culture, as well as enjoying your wonderful poetry and short stories. Wishing you a Happy Birthday and many, many more!


O many-tailed wise one
your auburn fur
white-trimmed
so soft
against my face

O shapeshifting trickster
your ivory teeth
needle-sharp
so deep
within my neck

An uninvited guest was I once
at your sun-shower wedding
an unwilling corpse am I now
at my unscheduled funeral

O great kitsune
I bow to your justice


[© Debra She Who Seeks, 2016]


This is my entry for today's prompt at Magaly Guerrero's Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month blog event.

33 comments:

Winter Moon said...

That is wonderful! A lovely tribute to Rommy.
I love the fox with many tails, too.

laurie said...

ooooo, I like this,,

Marie Smith said...

Happy birthday, Rommy.

Love the shapeshifting trickster!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

This is beautiful! Happy Birthday Rommy!

Jeanne said...

Very cool! I had no idea you wrote poetry! :o) Great image. I'll have to tell my son about Rommy's blog. he's really into Japanese culture.

Snap said...

Happy Birthday Rommy! I love trickster stories. Wonderful poem.

Khaya Ronkainen said...

Wow, I love this. Are those many tails just enthralling? Outstanding!

Hula La said...

oooo, good one! Have you ever been to a Sakura Festival? Happy Birthday to Rommy! Aloha!

Gina said...

Wonderful words, and that image is glorious :D XXX

Magaly Guerrero said...

You had me at corpse. And my goodness, the visual art is delicious!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Pure perfection Debra :D

DEZMOND said...

why is April the cruellest month? Because Dezzy was born in it? :)

mxtodis123 said...

Oh, I love this. Great choice.
Mary

bill lisleman said...

I enjoyed your poem. "my unscheduled funeral" - who schedules their funerals? Talk about OCD! If one is scheduled for I don't plan on meeting the DEADline.

Martin Kloess said...

Thank you for this enjoyable post

Rommy said...

I giggled like a madwoman! Love it!

Guillaume said...

I need to read that blog. Oh and I love foxes.

JACKIESUE said...

well there goes my sleep for the night.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow...you are good! It's hauntingly wonderful!

Riot Kitty said...

That is really excellent!

Lynn said...

Wow!

Mark said...

A very belated, but no less meangful, happy birthday indeed. I love the poem. Japanese folklore is some of my favourite folkore.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wonderful image and intriguing words. (I really must catch up with Japanese mythology!)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Fantastic poem. The artwork is stunning!

Missy George said...

Love all those tails !! great artwork...

Sharon Rawson said...

Wonderful artwork! And, who could resist a Kitsune wedding even if it meant death! Great job!

shortybear said...

awesome

The Happy Whisk said...

What a lovely post and Happy Birthday to your friend. Great poem as well. Thanks for sharing, Debra. Headed over to check out the blog, next.

bj said...

You are a girl of many talents...love your poem

Fundy Blue said...

Wow! I really enjoyed your poem, Debra, and that painting of the fox is wonderful. Happy birthday to your friend Rommy! I haven't been to Magaly's blog in too long. She's aways interesting!

laughingwolf said...

...taking a HUGE risk, suckling a child - with TEETH :P

Magic Love Crow said...

You are talented Debra! Fantastic! I love the art piece too!

Ramzu Zahini said...

When I see the fox I thought of Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun God
Then when I saw the multiple tails, of Haguromo Kitsune, the nine tailed devil.

Both are interesting myths.