Namazu

Cherry blossoms idle on the singing wind,
dragons dance on the cloud broken plain.

Gibbon howls echo through emerald layers,
a red tail swishes, catfish barrels through mud.

~~~

Half tame deer await a hermits feast,
chrysanthemums idly fall to the ground.

A catfish clatters through azure fathoms,
woodcutter footfalls send rocks into the water.

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Just like that, peach blossoms fall,
gibbons fly under yawns of tigers.

Catfish thrashes through sunken ruins,
water plumes to heavens peaks.

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Pictures one and two found here: http://antigorod.com/paint/poster/8184-namazu-e-demon-zemlyatreseniy.html

Picture three found here: http://historyofgeology.fieldofscience.com/2011/01/namazu-earthshaker.html

Namazu myth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namazu_%28Japanese_mythology%29

About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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2 Responses to Namazu

  1. D... says:

    You know, I never gave much thought to the catfish. But now I think they’re up to something, something not good. I think it’s the fact that they have such big ol’ whiskers that should have been my first clue.
    But I knew of the gibbons. I took an anthropology class in college and I had to go to the zoo to study the monkeys. Well we all ended up with hysterical stories, ’cause monkeys do do the darndest . But I will also say that being alone surrounded by monkeys of all sorts calling out to you can be a bit off putting. While they are not violent by nature, it’s the fact that you don’t really know what they are thinking or talking about that makes you wonder. And those gibbons howls can be scary.

    • Oh, I do love catfish. And the poem “Your Catfish Friend” by Richard Brautigan just solidified that. You should read it, it’s totally awesome. And catfish friendly.

      Gibbons are all over Chinese poetry, and do provide just the most glorious imagery and sounds. And I’m guessing, like you said, Gibbon howls would be eerie. Particularly in the orients ancient mountains.

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