Kitsune and the Water Fall – Fairy Tale Choka – February 20, 2015

From Oku no Hosomichi

Urami no Taki (The Waterfall Seen From Behind)

Behind the waterfall,
Kitsune bathed each morning
singing witching songs
in clear bright lilting tones.
When young men passed,
If their hearts were impure,
they’d languish with love.

Urami no Taki
offered Kitsune its waters,
her sweet forms hidden
in the white curtain of water.
There passed one day
a handsome Buddhist monk
who ignored her songs.

Kitsune surprised
spied the young Buddhist monk
so fine was his body
his eyes like bright clear stars.
She sang to him then
in her most seductive voice
he ignored her song.

Love swelled in her heart
for he was lovely to see!
She saw that his heart
was as pure as bright new snow,
she called out to him
and he stopped and he smiled
yet without desire.

She sent her image
inside of his pure soul,
she wished to own him
to make him her true lover,
but his heart was full
she could not plant her seed
he sang his own song.

“Oh Fox, Namaste!
I see your bushy red tail
though you seem a maid.
I walk the Pure Earth’s path
compassion’s my song
and I love you sweet and true
but I love the way more!”

So she shaved her head
for the love of the pure monk,
renounced her tricks
her magic and her strange songs
and was known as Inari.

© G.s.k. ‘15

This choka was written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie – Fairy Tale Prompt and it has absolutely nothing to do with Inari Okami or the real stories about Kitsune .. these are just flights of my imagination.

16 thoughts on “Kitsune and the Water Fall – Fairy Tale Choka – February 20, 2015

  1. Oh, great stuff, Georgia! This is sweet and even in choka form it read like a traditional fairy tale. 🙂 You feel quite sorry for Kitsune here! 🙂


      • Checked that out on Amazon — looks very interesting! Not available here yet on Kindle though. Looks like he has a lot of novels in that series — would you need to start at the beginning to understand Dream Hunters?

        BTW — about half way through Androids / Electric Sheep. Really liking it! In fact, I’m enjoying Philip Dick in general. Will have to watch the movie next. (Yes, I missed Bladerunner. Laugh now.)


        • Cool .. on both counts … as for Gaiman that last one is very particular … not at all like his previous ones … his artist, Japanese refuses to do “comic books” so Gaiman who admires his work wrote the story out instead of using his usual comic book style .. glad you’re enjoying Electric Sheep, maybe I should try to re-read it …

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          • So I could read this one and not feel like I’ve missed the story line then. Cool.

            Yes, Electric Sheep is very interesting …. I’m starting to have suspicions about the main character …. mwah ha ha ha…! 😉


  2. Ah what a lovely story …you manage to make your choka always flow, cara…I must practice more on that…I love the message here told by a true zen philisopher:) Truly your story and Jen`s are so amazing!! Bravo ma chère, je te lève mon chapeau:)


    • Thanks … I’m sure most people didn’t really catch the Inari tie with Buddhism .. but the important thing is that it was also entertaining and fairy tale like .. thanks for reading it! 🙂


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