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dVerse — quadrille 106 — Hara-tsuzumi (Belly Hand Drum)

Yuko Shimizu, “The Tanuki”

It had been reported that Tanuki fell from the sky using his scrotum as a parachute.
Tom Robbins, Villa Incognito


Shaded sepia
Bipedal bandit
Bushy chase
Big bouncing balls
Pendulous paunch

Youkai icon
Kin to kitsune
Debaucherous ninja

Picaresque player
For human games
Saucy cane rapper
Visiting trickster
Deals the cards

Laid back fun
Belly hand drum
From the forest
At your door


“Rainy Day Tanuki,” a woodblock print by Yoshitoshi, created in 1881.

Youkai are creatures from Japanese folklore.
Kitsune are fox spirits.

Information about the tanuki taken from here.

I first learned of the tanuki after one featured prominently in Tom Robbins’ book, Villa Incognito. It is featured in Nintendo’s Mario games where a “tanooki suit” may be worn. Tanuki also star in the 1994 Studio Ghibli film, “Pom Poko.”

Mish is today’s host for dVerse.  Mish says:
Find a way to incorporate the word “drum” or a derivative of the word into your quadrille. Your poem can be any form and must be exactly 44 words, not including the title.

43 thoughts on “dVerse — quadrille 106 — Hara-tsuzumi (Belly Hand Drum)

  1. Well that was interesting..haha, but seriously interesting as I’d not heard of this folklore. I like the way the last lines flow after all the terse descriptions. Nice.

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    1. K, thanks. I read Mish’ intro to the prompt and remembered the tanuki from Tom’s book. You may laugh at this, but at times I’m feeling particularly happy, I play my belly like a drum.

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  2. This is all new to me. I’m still trying to work out how Tanuki ‘fell from the sky using his scrotum as a parachute’! ‘Big bouncing balls’ made me think of the old AC/DC song. 😊 I must find out more about those creatures from Japanese folklore.

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    1. LOL thanks, Peter. In my reading it talks about how the tanuki can mold parts of their anatomy for any utilitarian use, which inspired that one 🙂


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