Monks Shadow

fragments of moon flickers lie in a bamboo grove
pagoda peaks sink into monks shadow hulling rice
the lantern lit pathways are crowded by a fox procession
floating words abandon empty pages for heavens bridge


Moon flickers fracture on idle bamboo,
a monks shadow stretches beyond a thousand mountain peaks.

The middle road is sealed by a procession of foxes,
pages empty as floating words seek heavens column.


Image the first found here:

Image the second found here:

More yokai orientated fun.


About skyraftwanderer

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

  1. Ben Naga says:

    I like “floating words”. By which I do not mean to say I don’t like (any of) the rest

    P.S. Sorted out that “benn” “been”. typo 🙂

  2. love the procession of foxes! – K

  3. I love the line about the bridge “floating words abandon empty pages for heavens bridge” and the procession of foxes!

  4. This a wonderful play with words … and I love that procession of foxes

  5. brian miller says:

    i rather like the words abandoning their pages…it sets up the magic in this for me….

  6. Beautiful, imagistic piece – well said.

  7. I like the phrase of a monk shadow’s overlying a thousand mountain…peaks as I truly believe that type of spiritual focus transcends all mountains in life.. Love your word friend..and light too…

  8. these poems of yours always take me to a place i want to be, there is so much magic, mystery and wordcraft it’s hard to cite only 1 passage but this:
    ‘Moon flickers fracture on idle bamboo,’

    because i would never in a million years put those words together, and how easlly it rolls off the tongue, sublime poetry to these ears, ty.

  9. So many lovely lines…moon flickers on idle bamboo…all so beautiful pictures and words. 🙂

  10. shanyns says:

    Ah I love this. It reads so well. Magical.

  11. Truedessa says:

    I like this and I enjoyed the image of floating feels mystical and the pictures really set the mood of the journey. Well done..

  12. kelly says:

    I always love your word combinations, quite magical.

    I especially loved this, here:
    “Moon flickers fracture on idle bamboo,
    a monks shadow stretches beyond a thousand mountain peaks”

  13. Ray Sharp says:

    enchanted, so atmospheric, classical

  14. marousia says:

    Wonderful – a beautiful oasis

  15. 1emeraldcity says:

    Gorgeous! …per usual 🙂 xoxo

  16. D... says:

    My dear friend, how funny that you have been thinking of kitsune. I had an odd experience on late night driving home. Now some of this may be attributed to my lack of sleep, but a lot of it to my overactive imagination. I was driving through a very dark residential area when I passed by a fox who darted passed my car. I wasn’t expecting the little guy so it surprised me. I am not sure what I why I thought to stop the car and open the window. I was curious, he must have been too because I could see in my rear view his silhouette poised. When I opened the window I heard this bizarre screaming hiss (does that make sense). This spooked me, I rolled up the window and got of there as fast as I could. Now my imagination drew up this fox transforming into this giant beast which would take up the night sky. (I actually thought it would be an interesting premise for a story)

    But your foxes seem quite refined, elegant, but better not to mess with them lest they transform. Actually, maybe it’s a good rule of them to not mess with a night precession, who knows what their reaction may be, and you don’t want to be part of the oden.

    • You know, your not that far off. If you do find the time to write again, do it. Tis a great idea.

      And yes, it’s advised not to mess with kitsunes. They can be a bit vengeful in certain circumstances.

      • D... says:

        I am thinking I want to do some sort of creative writing. I have a couple of ideas, and if my talented friend thinks I should give it a go, then it gives me a bit of courage to dip my toes.
        I have been having a couple of yokai like experiences, an owl made my acquaintance a few nights ago. The universe may be telling me something.

  17. What fabulous imagery ~ a lovely story told well. Thank you.

  18. ethereally lovely..every line conjuring up beautiful images …well done

  19. Blue Flute says:

    moon shadow
    on the edge of night—
    of uncertain light

  20. Imelda says:

    I like your play with the words – how you moved them in places, to create different bur related images. 🙂

  21. I LOVE YOUR ART interpretations. What is Yokai oriented fun?

  22. Pamela says:

    Sky, you arrange your words in such a delightful way, that they sound magical to the ear.


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