Haibun: Black Dragon

For dVerse Poets, a quadrille.  The word for today Is “dragon”.

黒い竜 Kuroi ryū (black dragon)

“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again

He reminded me of a black dragon – lethal, beautiful.  He moved with a suppleness that hypnotized me. But in the summer he returned to his mountain in Japan.  Alone in his cave he  smoldered.
deep summer night
in the darkness –
the first firefly awakens


Japanese dragons have four claws on each “hand”.  their colors are significant.  a black dragon is the ultimate in dangerous being and they also, possess a gentle wisdom.

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:12:55

    The haiku ending this is just splendid… such sadness to lose a dragon like that.


  2. whimsygizmo
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:16:21

    How beautiful, Toni. The haiku is especially fantastic, and I LOVE the Tolkien quote.


  3. kim881
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:26:10

    I love the Tolkien quote, Toni, and the thought of your Japanese dragon smouldering in his mountain cave. The haiku is fabulous.


  4. Frank J. Tassone
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:44:58

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #8: Toni Spencer’s latest #quadrille #haibun for #dversepoets!


  5. sarahsouthwest
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:48:11

    I like the contrast between the prose and the haiku – the haiku holds a flash of hope, for me.


  6. Jane Dougherty
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 15:55:49

    I love your haibun quadrilles, Toni, and that lethal black dragon.


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 16:00:33

    I see a hint, a connection between your past Japanese paramour and the black dragon. I almost chose that quote, but then went with another.


  8. Charmed Chaos
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 16:45:38

    I love the black dragon Toni.


  9. robtkistner
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 16:46:25

    This was excellent Toni, and I enjoyed the background Japanese dragons!


  10. larry trasciatti
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 16:49:56

    great imagery.


  11. Vivian Zems
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 18:21:36

    A mesmerising write. I can just picture this black dragon.


  12. Beverly Crawford
    Jun 03, 2019 @ 18:43:47

    Hurrah for the fireflies! Great write


  13. Anna
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 00:40:38

    I love the twist from dragons to fireflies – from the epically powerful and dangerous, to the very small and awe inspiring, dark to light.


    Jun 04, 2019 @ 16:10:37

    Ah, the firefly like a spark of the dragon’s breath.


  15. anmol(alias HA)
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 16:41:23

    This is so good — the sadness of the prose transmuting into that sign of return/smoldering life perhaps in the haiku. And it is such a lovely haiku indeed!


  16. qbit
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 17:40:16

    Oooh — love the “first firefly”, perfect Haiku pulling in the dragon!


  17. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jun 04, 2019 @ 22:05:17

    Beautiful. Question – I thought in haiku’s one is to hint at a season, not come out and name it like you did “summer” ?


    • kanzensakura
      Jun 04, 2019 @ 22:14:38

      Because you don’t akways name the season. I wanted this to be about the firsy firefly. It depends on the writer as well and the effect. I have been writing haiku for 45 years. They are all different in mood and intent, as long az the season iz implied or named.

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      • Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
        Jun 04, 2019 @ 22:29:59

        I’m not an “uptight’ poet – I bend rules all the time. I just have tried to educate myself on Japanese poetry and, as you know, it is not easy and people “bend the rules” perhaps a wee bit too much. Thanks.


        • kanzensakura
          Jun 04, 2019 @ 22:40:34

          I think people bend the rules too much. Basho mentions mosquitos, Festival of the Dolls, etc to give a seasonal touch. As long as it is seasonal, I don’t really care. It can be 5-7-5 or not. But to a haiku, you have to have seasonal. I get really annoyed at people who use haiku and do not have a seasonal word(s)

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  18. Kerry
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 08:12:41

    Mysterious, with a tinge of sadness and longing – not much more one can ask for in a poem.


  19. coalblack
    Jun 05, 2019 @ 14:36:33

    Digging the comparison.


  20. merrildsmith
    Jun 07, 2019 @ 07:56:57

    This is sad–full of longing, but lovely, too. I love the haiku.


  21. Just Barry
    Jun 09, 2019 @ 15:31:02

    You breathed ethereal life into your Dragon, and I loved the haiku.


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