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Poem: "the jade rabbit"

the_vulture sent me a lovely long prompt about the rabbit in the moon, and then sponsored this poem.  This got me thinking about the moon, and flight, and loneliness, and the industrious rabbit up there working all night.  Then I found the Origami Mage wandering in the wilderness, and of course when a virtuous hero is in distress, unexpected aid tends to appear...

To read more about the Origami Mage, visit the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.


the jade rabbit


origami mage
wanders through bamboo forest
tired and hungry

high overhead floats
the jade rabbit in the moon
with his bowl of rice

it is his duty
to gather the sacred herbs
for the immortals

as he flies through the
heavens in the shining moon
all rabbits praise him

origami mage
folds him a clover blossom
goes to sleep hungry

in the morning, though,
a bowl of rice sits waiting
and she prays her thanks

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siege From: siege Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Rabbit is one of the primary influences in my life, though I don't often acknowledge him/her (I'm a Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology, and Rabbit often manifests in some way to bring me comfort or restoration, though not always in a way I notice). This poem made me smile.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad to hear this. Rabbit can be a valuable guide.
From: angela_n_hunt Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Origami Mage! My favorite!

These are all just so damn delightful.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm always happy to hear that.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 2nd, 2011 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like the Japanese esthetic (minimalism, humility) that this poem expresses.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

My first major exploration of Japanese aesthetics came in college, when I was taking a Japanese culture class and a Japanese language class together. That really stuck. The spiritual aspects have been slower to grow on me: I am not by nature either passive or humble. But there are times when such virtues will prevail, under circumstances when nothing else will.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I really enjoyed my study of Japanese culture and history, too. 'Course, I think my most favourite moment of all that was doing a class presentation on the film Gojira and its history, impact and interpretations. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

*chuckle* I like the original too. So many people get distracted by the big monster, they miss the underlying message: our actions can have unintended, sometimes disastrous consequences -- especially when they mess with nature.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

There's that and also messages about nuclear weapons, scientific irresponsiblity, as well as an overall cynicism regarding the motives of world powers.

I always found the symbology of the haunted, one-eyed scientist, responsible for creating the doomsday weapon used to destroy Gojira, very intriguing.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Agreed. Power can be very destructive, and must be handled with care.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 2nd, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's nice.

Despite not knowing the mythos, it speaks to me.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad this series is working for people who aren't already immersed in Asian culture. That kind of feedback is very helpful. Part of the fun for me is introducing readers to new ideas. That's why I sometimes include my research links.
tuftears From: tuftears Date: March 2nd, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! ^_^
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.
eseme From: eseme Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like this character. She is kind and compassionate, which I appreciate. She is also quite clever.

I think I had heard about rabbit in the moon, but had forgotten. Thanks for reminding me.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.

Yes, I like the Origami mage because she is wise and flexible, and a different kind of hero than we usually see.
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