Aka Manto, I do not wish the blue paper or the red —
no paper for me, thanks. I’ll squat and drip dry,
and thus be neither strangled nor sliced.
Akaname, you are welcome to come and lick my
bathroom clean. I’ll think of you like a house centipede;
we’ll agree to unsee each other as we make our living.
Azukiarai, what is the sound of your azuki beans
being washed? I imagine it as shook shook shook.
Abura-akago, I’m afraid we don’t have the right
kind of lamps for you. Your infant tongue might burn
on the coils of our lightbulbs, and still not find any oil.
Ameonna, do you sometimes make rain for Amefurikozo
to play in? I would do this for any little boy, if I were you.
For NaPoWriMo, Day 2. I wrote based on this list of creatures from Japanese legend. I regret that I couldn’t give the little boy in my last stanza the long accent over his final “o.” I’m still figuring out this new blog theme.
2 thoughts on “And Aosaginohi, Luminescent Heron of the Night”
Nifty! I love all the “k” and “a” sounds that the Japanese names supply. Wonderful surprises in the imagery, too.
Thanks! Who would have guessed that they have bathroom demons? Two of them, and that’s just in the A’s!