Kitsune and Tea

She faery dances into the tea room, in a spring kimono made of whimsical words, winks from an onion boy, and cackles brewing out of a girl-child. There is laughter in her obi—loving mirth that wears glasses and knows to tease her middle until she squeals night songs into midday heat.

Pour your tea properly, the world says, as we tell you. She wavers, for a second made of feathers… before sticking her head into her chest and seeing that Yatagarasu’s compass still points towards the madness of her choosing. I will pour my tea with my third tail, she tells them.

She flies out of the tea room on the back of her winged heart. In her kimono, the boy blooms a pride bouquet, the girl wishes to be just like her Kitsune, and the geeky obi falls in love anew.

a chic three-legged crow
bursts out of the heart of spring
to guide her to tea

a wee note and stuff: Today is Rommy’s birthday. Rommy loves Japanese culture, a haibun feels appropriate. I’m linking this poem to Poetizing Japanese Folklore – Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month, 2016 (Day 12)… and The Way of Tea, hosted by the birthday girl, over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. I brewed inspiration from this quote: “The questions of how to begin and what to think are matters for one’s own heart to resolve. Of oneself, for oneself—you must be your own teacher.” ~ Sen No Rikyu

Kitsune – Japanese word for fox. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom (so yeah, Rommy, just like wine).

Yatagarusa – three-legged crow (a guide) found in various mythologies and arts of East Asia.

Obi – a sash for traditional Japanese dress… part of kimono outfits.

Three-Legged Crow
“A Three-Legged Dapper Crow”

45 thoughts on “Kitsune and Tea

    • I hadn’t heard of it either, not before doing a bit of research for this poem. I wanted to find something that I thought Rommy would like and that was a bit obscure. The moment I saw that crow in Mad Hatter attire, I forgot what I wanted to find and chose him, lol!

  1. Oh my gosh! This is absolutely stunning both in words and image 😀 especially adore “winged heart” and “boy blooms a pride bouquet.” Gorgeous haibun too ❤

    Lots of love,

  2. Ha! The three legged crow is dapper, indeed.

    “She flies out of the tea room on the back of her winged heart.”
    Brilliant words, dear Magaly.

    A happy birthday to Rommy ♥

  3. I truly love this… and I agree that a haibun would be very appropriate.. your use of verbs really made the prose vibrant… and there is love in that tea-ceremony…

  4. This is just so much fun! The myth mixed with the beautiful surrealist prose – this is what it’s like if a Miyazaki movie were made a poem. I adore it!

  5. I knew, immediately, this was dear, sweet Rommy. Happy birthday Rommy! Thank you for sharing this delightful birthday gift, Magaly. 💜 🎂 💜

  6. I love how you combined tradition with youthful rebellion! You conjured such a whimsical word picture! This is a perfect tribute for Rommy’s birthday!

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