White Heron Arc/The Sugi Trees

Over the vast peaks of dragon back mountains
ten thousand clouds roll down the big dipper.

Cat tails slink into empty back streets, a white
heron arc dances with a silver crane swipe.

For a second, a crimson cloud unfurls in ancient
air, before breaking on an idle lantern.


The sugi trees rest in the big dipper,
one cat idly bats another’s tail.

A silver arc flashes a lone dance,
for gaping holes hold no innards.

Yoshitsu - Sanada Yoshitada jp~~~

First image found here: http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/ig/Samurai-Image-Gallery/Two-samurai-fighting.htm

Second image found here: http://www.mylearning.org/my-culture-quest/images/2-986/

And inspired by anime like this, God love you Kenshiro:



About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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13 Responses to White Heron Arc/The Sugi Trees

  1. claudia says:

    very cool how the images and words play together here…gives such a deep, atmospheric and detailed picture..

  2. A myth, an astronomical picture from another culture and another time. This yields information and images within itself. Very effective.

  3. brian miller says:

    nice….love how you blend the imagery from a dragon to cat tails…to the red cloud…and you allow the images to tell a story….

  4. 1emeraldcity says:

    How rich your words…their rhythm and action fit so well with the gorgeous art. I could recite and look at these colors for hours, lost in their intricacy …really beautiful and original!

  5. Tony says:

    I love the rhythm in this piece, which keeps the action moving right along.

  6. Terrific imagery in this. The words almost outdo the pictures, but they are excellent too. Fantastic post!

  7. kelly says:

    oh my, these images are so powerful, and the ending is just perfect. wonderful.

  8. wow I can see the whole scene through your words.

  9. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …very careful references… almost had a Japanese feel in this… smiles…

  10. Wow.. both the words and images are intense… great capture!

  11. Very crafted and careful selection of words that paint a vivid picture with mastery. I may not know what a Sugi tree is, but no matter, I am drawn into the story of it. Very well done!

  12. Oh this was just lovely, the verse the paintings, how dramatic! It’s like visiting another world.

  13. Great choice of art to accompany your poetry. What detail work! Wow. Thanks.

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