Shinto Shrine Maiden


How could you do it—

steal my breath away like that

—a fox in the night


moonstruck and foaming

at the mouth as I kiss you

our souls intertwined


you brought me to peace

and then tore me to pieces

Shinto shrine maiden

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26 Responses to Shinto Shrine Maiden

  1. megaeggz says:

    Romance at the shinto man. A fine poem

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  2. Glouriously passionate, epically tragic. Bravo, my friend ⚔

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  3. incarceratedshadows says:

    Great write Oglach.
    Good Love gone bad.

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  4. MC Clark says:

    First you’re up, and then you’re down…such is love. Great poem, O.

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  5. skat says:

    Love this Og! Nice to see you playing with the form. I think I’ll try this sort of thing – telling a story with the haiku.
    The line “foaming at the mouth” is jarring and disconcerting, but that challenge makes it all the more wonderful. Well done!

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  6. ❤ "moonstruck and foaming

    at the mouth as I kiss you" ❤ loved that.

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  7. When love’s no longer burning, it can get cold and biting. Lyrical, beautiful, and doomed.

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  8. michnavs says:

    So passionate….but arggg…tragic…why?????

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    • oglach says:

      Your comment makes me beam with pride. 🙂
      In the story in my mind for this poem, the shrine maiden is a fox spirit that has taken human form. A man falls in love with her. She loves him back but it cannot be, because they are from different worlds. It’s based on an old Japanese folk tale. Thank you for reading, Mich.

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  9. Got to the folk tale right away…. you wily poet, you! A subject so well handled and so likely to handle the reader back…

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  10. Intense and beautiful! More of this please!!! 🙂

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  11. Oh! How did I miss this one 😮

    A story told with a set of haiku poems…passionate and tragic. Great one… 🙂

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