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
Shapeshifter

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

 

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“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 Comments Add yours

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how these creatures come from the forest “at your door”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  2. calmkate says:

    fantastical characters lend fun …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Yes they do.

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  3. Mish says:

    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. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mish 🙂

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  4. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Wow, so exotic and mysterious and educating. Your knowledge of Asian art is impressive.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know a smidge of art but I’m very good at googling 😉 The tanuki I’ve known about for awhile.

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  5. Wow- I learned something new! Nicely done Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda 🙂

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  6. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely delightful 😀

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa 🙂

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  7. gillena cox says:

    Interesting legend. Enjoyed
    Happy Monday

    Much💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Gillena, thanks!

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  8. memadtwo says:

    You always have a unique perspective…I love how you entertain and teach at the same time. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      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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      1. memadtwo says:

        I remember doing that as a child. It’s not nearly taut enough now…

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  9. rothpoetry says:

    This one made me smile! I would have liked to have seen him come floating down!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, click on the Pom-Poko link and you’ll see it!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        I will check it out!!

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      2. rothpoetry says:

        Very cute video! I wonder who came up with such a far out idea!

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  10. Very interesting…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂

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  11. kim881 says:

    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. msjadeli says:

      I found a really good article at Atlas Obscura about them.

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  12. pvcann says:

    Love these lines, sitting with this a while, structure, sounds evoked, mystical, folk, humour.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy to hear you enjoy the poem, as it was much fun to write.

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      1. pvcann says:

        I can feel that, delightful and creative.

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  13. I love your take on the prompt Lisa, especially the presence of a ‘drum from the forest
    at your door’ 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Xenia, thank you. I imagine it would be hard to ignore one if it came to visit.

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  14. I love the mythology you introduce us to.

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  15. Dale says:

    What a fascinating story… Wonderfully done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If you like this tidbit, check out Tom’s book. The tanuki is the star 🙂

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  16. What a hoot this is – and some of the lines ‘debaucherous ninja’ – are gems.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      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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  17. merrildsmith says:

    Fantastic creatures. Thanks for the introduction–though I think I’d rather not have them at my door. 😏

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, they are, and better left to their deep forest homes. I think it is when humans start invading and messing with their turf that they pay a visit.

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