Profile of Nihirizumu-no-Kage
My creative spirit is
a large cat-like creature native to
Africa and central Iran.
In her natural spirit form, her soul is
the fastest land, air, and multi-
dimensional animal, and as such,
she has several adaptations for speed,
including a light build, long thin legs,
a long tail, and occasionally,
when at resonance with her partner
and confidant, she sprouts the most
beautiful wings the color of every
sunset ever seen by man.
Her head is small, rounded, with an
occasional mane of soul energy which
resembles evaporating obsidian.
She has a short snout and black tear-like
facial streaks, which change colors in
relation to her emotional state
and level of artistic fulfilment.
Her coat is typically tawny peach to
creamy pink or pale magenta and is
mostly covered with multivariately-
spaced, multicolored spots, which also
change pigment and texture, often
containing galaxies of their own,
each birthing and dying on the whim of
an examined or ignored idea.
Her name is Nihirizumu-no-Kage,
though she has never spoken it,
nor will she respond to it,
but if I fail to invoke her whole name
every time, she vanishes in a huff.
While an informal partner of mine,
she is never subservient or tame.
If anything, she recognizes me as
a subspecies of her and is often
bemused by my efforts to
hunt down new concepts alone.
While she leads a nomadic life searching
for her own prey, occasionally our efforts
achieve a resonance where I impress her
enough to lend me her power.
As she hunts by sight and I by inner-light,
she is diurnal to my nocturnal nature,
therefore we tend to peak together
during dawn and dusk.
My creative spirit is threatened by
several factors such as time-space
habitat loss, conflict with capitalistic
concepts like conventional wisdom and
day-jobs, poaching and other types of
plagiarism, and high susceptibility
to diseases and eroded confidence.
Nihirizumu-no-Kage is ailing,
considered as Vulnerable on the
Global Creative Sprit List,
but I have faith in her.
She always finds her way back.
Written for NaPoWriMo Day 24 Prompt:
“Today’s (optional) prompt is a fun one. Find a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely – just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem.”NaPoWriMo Day 24 Prompt
While I struggled a bit with the editing, this one was fun. I’ve written about this topic before here and here, but this is the first time I tried describing her in a zoological nature. Hope I didn’t piss her off with this! (Oh, and I used the Wikipedia entry for Cheetah as my base article.)
3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Day 24 – Profile of Nihirizumu-no-Kage”
I can’t believe he’s dead . . . 57 years old. *Sighs*
This poem has a haunting feel to it yet I wanted it to last as well. Nice work, Barry.
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I was telling my brother the other day that generational trauma is real. It seems like none of our black men are making it to 60 anymore.
I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you, trE.
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💙 It’s a horrible world in which we live. *Sighs*