Peculiar Like A Fox

Peculiar? I suppose
a fish describing
how glorious the sun looks
refracted overhead
while he breathes
the water he moves in
sounds peculiar to a sparrow.

And the fish could not
contemplate anything more peculiar
than breathing and loving
in the very thing that kills him.

I like the feel of the earth
under my paws,
or my feet.
I like the feel of silk on skin,
but take pride in my tails.

Sometimes I am like the moon,
fair, and gracefully curved.
Sometimes I am like the sun,
bold, and flushed with my own power.

How do you define sun and moon?
Who is to say what is peculiar for each?
Foot or paw, skin or fur,
I always remain me.



Jacko Invites Himself to All the Best Parties by Kathy Crabbe
from her upcoming Lefty Oracle Deck.
Follow Kathy's artistic adventures on her blog.


This poem was inspired by the prompt given by Magaly Guerrero for Dark Poetry for the Cruelest Month 2016: Of Peculiar Fun and Me. 

Process note: There were so many ways I could have gone with this prompt, but something pulled at me to write this from the point of view of one of the recurring characters in my short stories, Yuuki (for new readers, he is a kitsune, a shape changing Japanese fox spirit, comfortable in whatever skin suits him best at the moment). 

35 comments:

  1. Ooh this is deliciously dark and enticing..! How glorious would it be to possess charm of both the sun and the moon?! Lovely!
    Powerfully written.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. LOL, he has a lot of definite opinions on the matter!

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  3. I likey Yuuki....if I were less peculiar I think I could be a Kitsune too :D XXX

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    1. Shapeshifting would be fun as group activity. Imagine how many people we'd all confuse!

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  4. Tails, not tail? I recognize you, kitsune!

    (I'm using My Rare One's laptop and she has auto-correct turned on. It just changed kitsune to kitten, LOL!)

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    1. LOL - that's a funny autocorrect. Yuuki'd appreciate the joke for sure.

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  5. A tid bit to add to Yuuki's story leaves me lusting for a bigger portion! This was beautiful and thoughtful!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! I really wanted him to get a chance to speak since it's been awhile.

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  6. Oh, love it! "Who is to say what is peculiar for each?". Your story character Yuuki sounds fascinating:)

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    1. He's great fun to write about. I have another short story of his completed but I need to get a few more down so they're ready to go out as a collection.

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    2. I sure remember this piece, and I still love it! Sorry I have been reading you often, how is the collection going?

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    3. Slow but steady! I finally feel like I am in a good place with a few of my stories and am fleshing out a last two.

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  7. I don't know what I love most, the poem itself or the fact that I KNEW it was Yuuki talking even before I read your note. I was so pleased with myself, lol. I love how he sees himself, what he shows of himself, and what he tells us about how much it matters (or not).

    Brilliant, Rommy.

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  8. I really love this Rommy!!! "I always remain me." Yes!! Brilliant!!!

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  9. Oh I LOVE it! Made me think for a moment until the end, those are what I like best! I am way behind on writing. I am just out visiting and then trying to catch up. Hugs, Rasz

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    1. No worries! I'll be happy to read when they are ready. :)

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  10. Yuuki can view the peculiar & normalise it for those who can not grasp the concept, those who see things they don't understand as 'peculiar'... also love his talent for just being him :)

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    1. Yuuki is a very talented kitsune. :)

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  11. Enjoyed this even more the second time round ❤️πŸ’œ thank you so much Rommy for linking this gem of a poem with Prompt Nights❤️πŸ’œ


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  12. aw...how i love the 'me' spirit, gracefully curved or bold and flushed with one's own power...grand...

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    1. Yuuki reserves the right to be either or as his mood suits him.

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  13. This is so profound, like an Aesop's fable, that put one into pondering mode. Brilliant write

    much love...

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  14. This is very good. Not only must we accept ourselves and our place in thw world but respect the right of others to live their way whatever our differences.

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  15. What a superb end line - a really meditative and reflective poem- you conveyed a sense of the magic in the world in front of us

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    1. Thank you Jae. Yuuki's world is a fun and magical one. I enjoy playing around with it often.

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  16. this is very interesting...loved this..great lines!

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