NaPoWriMo 2014 Post # 2: Kiyohime

Our challenge today for NaPoWriMo  is to write a poem based on a non-Greco-Roman myth, I have chosen to write about a Japanese mythological demon called the Kiyohime. Kiyohime was a woman who turned into a serpent demon out of an over consuming rage from an unrequited love. She took “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” to a whole other level.

Kiyohime lived on the Hidaka riverbank
Daughter of  a wealthy village leader
One evening Anchin, a  young priest stayed over
On his way back to his temple across the river

Love at first sight did she ever
When she came upon him
Meditating in one quiet corner
“He will be your husband” chuckled her father
Believing that to be true she went to his bed
 What a rude shock he had
“Who are you?” said he
“I am Kiyohime and you are my husband”

Anchin only wanted to get back 
To his temple, his sutras and the calming bell
“How can you leave me?” asked she
He promised to return
He wasn’t that hateful was he?

Seasons changed, time passed
Yet still she remained alone
Surely he had not forgotten her?
Is that really her fate?
Longing turned to despair
Despair became overwhelming burning rage
Her vengeful  spirit metamorphosed into a serpent

Travelling across the river
To the temple she went to exact vengeance
Anchin saw the menacing spirit 
He knew exactly who it was and hid
Safe within the temple’s giant bell
Not realizing that soon it’ll be hell

Upon hi scent the serpent had found
She coiled around that metal mound
Banged the bell loudly with her tail
Then belched a raging fire 
Melted the bell and the priest’s life was over

©Faridah Masniari 2014


4 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2014 Post # 2: Kiyohime

  1. dosirakbento says:

    Wow, I am impressed by your poem.
    But I do feel a bit sorry for the priest…

    • salsachica says:

      Hello dosirakbento! Thanks for all those likes!! And thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 yeah the plight of the priest was rather unfortunate!

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Wow…that’s revenge!

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