Gourd

From my home of rocks
and wood and ever flowing
current crafted by whiskers
and many taste buds I’ve
seen many moons, and
quite a few suns.
And most every night
and on odd days,
he sees me and hangs
that gourd in my
underwater lodging as I
swim by, and then lower
blissfully wondering,
why no net?

~~~

Blazing horns and hooves leave
no mark upon bamboo pillars.

A vast tail caves the cloud roof,
thunder fire sweeps through the remnants.

Heavens fire plumes on mountain high,
new burning shreds mist fields.

A confused gaze sees an empty gourd,
catfish plunges into mud clouds.

fushigi01_l~~~

Image found here: http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/dictio/data/kaiga/fushigi.htm

Both poems inspired by the above picture (more information on the link). And the first was inspired by Richard Brautigan’s “Your Catfish Friend”.

About skyraftwanderer

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

  1. brian miller says:

    ha. was thinking it a fish….rather dramatic second bit almost had me thinking dragon…talk to my son and they are one in the same…first time we caught a cat it scared him half to death…

  2. Mary says:

    That is quite a poem to accompany that picture. I enjoyed.

  3. Love the fiery images on these lines:

    A vast tail caves the cloud roof,
    thunder fire sweeps through the remnants.

    Heavens fire plumes on mountain high,
    new burning shreds mist fields.

  4. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …this is excellent! & loved the images of catfish… you are giving me inspiration to write ’bout ’em… hmmmnn… smiles…

  5. Rowan Taw says:

    I have visited Taio-zin temple in Kyoto, where the painting is part of the heritage. They have famous rock gardens, and the pond/lake is the shape of the gourd. When posed the question of how to catch a catfish in a gourd, my response was:
    “You only have to look
    inside your own gourd
    in order to see that
    the catfish is already there!”
    Thank you for reminding me with your special take on it : )

  6. Youths catfish into mud-clouds is so powerful – I like this poetry a lot. Taking a picture and write is such a great way.

  7. claudia says:

    very cool…love the images…the underwater lodging…that has both..a surreal and a very real feel

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