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Poem: "foxwater"

This poem was inspired by siege and marina_bonomi.  It also touches on "The Jewel and the Key," and it's essentially a side-story in the Origami Mage series.  The main characters never appear onstage in this poem, just the paper boats and the holy white foxes who become Inari's guardians.


white foxes go blind
in the harsh bright light of spring,
sun burning clear eyes

blind foxes follow
their ears to the ocean beach,
white foam whispering

they wait for the tide
and ride paper boats to sea,
pure white sacrifice

inari takes them,
turns fragile flesh to strong stone,
clear eyes to white pearls

inari sets them,
white marble foxes to guard
gates in his temples

inari feeds them
those who try to break the Wheel:
lost souls, so tasty

white marble foxes
roll their pearly eyes and laugh,
long red tongues lolling

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viva_la_topknot From: viva_la_topknot Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh this is lovely. I think I would like to do a painting for this poem as well... *Goes to add it to her to do list.*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


That would be awesome.

If you haven't already read the other Origami Mage poems, they are linked on my serial poetry page. In particular, "The Jewel and the Key" is the other Inari poem.
eseme From: eseme Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I learn such interesting little snippets of knowledge from other cultures through your fishbowls.

Thank you!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 4th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


Indeed, one of the things I enjoy most is introducing my readers to cool tidbits like this. Some of the prompts I get, like the historical or cultural ones, require a lot of background research to set up. But they're usually worth it.
pseudonymeter From: pseudonymeter Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
What viva_la_topknot said. Beautiful inspirational short.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 3rd, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.
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