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Author Name: FreeLordofShadows 2 Comments
Date Added: July 27, 2006 22:07:33 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Winter's bride

The snow was deep and the wind sharp

Hirotsu and his master came upon an icy river

Their strength was waning fast

The boat they saw was on the other side

To tired to swim and the river too swift

They took refuge in the boater’s shack


The shack was humble

But it provided for their survival

The master fell asleep with no trouble

Yet Hirotsu remained aware and listened to the howling wind

Soon even he succumbed to the pull of slumber


Hirotsu woke as snow fell across his face

Somehow the door had blown open

In the door way stood a woman

Fairer than any seen before

Her white garments flowed like snow

Her breath was of ice

His cry was caught with in his throat


The woman bent and kissed the master

Turning to Hirotsu as her breath came forth as white smoke

She told him she intended

To do the same for him

Just what she did for the master

When he was in his youth

He was told to never speak of their meeting

Or his death would be assured


She disappeared within the snow

Hirotsu turned to wake his master

But the master was cold as ice

He was dead!


Next winter Hirotsu was returning home

When he saw a maiden fair

He asked her for her name

She replied that it was Yukina

She was on her way to get a servants job in Osaka


Instead he took her to his home

Soon they were wed

She gave to him ten children

Who were strangely fairer skinned than normal


One cold night the lamp shown a certain way

Upon Yukina’s face

Hirotsu remembered his time within the old boater’s shack

“Yukina, my dear” He started to say

“You remind me off a beautiful woman with ice cold breath

That I once met when I was just eighteen”

He told her that the woman killed his master

He said he was sure she was some strange spirit


Yukina stopped her work and looked him in the eyes

A horrible smile grew upon her pretty face

She shrieked,”It was I who came to you

Who turned your master into ice!”

“You faithless wretch

You foolish man

If it weren’t for our children sleeping

I’d kill you were you sit.”


She told him she would hear

That she would know of any complaint

The children would have of him

If he caused them pain or harm

One day when snow fell

She would return to kill him


With those last words

Then the Lady of the Snow

Changed into a mist of white

And disappeared into the night


Hirotsu treasured his kids with all his soul

Never giving reason to complain

Yukina, his beautiful snow bride

Was never to return.

Author's Notes:
This is based on the japanese legend, the snow bride. Source: F. Hadland Davis, Myths and Legends of Japan (London: G. G. Harrap and Company, 1913), pp. 150-151
The story is basically the same though i did change elements like the names, the place she was going, The last stanza is not in the story.
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Comment By: FreeLiquid Poetess on July 28, 2006 02:49:22 AM Report
ooo snow bride? I must look into this!

Wondeful poem you have created here,

Jo x

Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on July 28, 2006 02:44:03 AM Report
I think yer Komodo's draggin', buddy...Another good job of re-telling a tale..I hear it's hard to scrute an oriental..len


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