Who Am I? #haibun

Colleen’s weekly challenge

Image by Huda Nur from pixabay

From lore to legend
Through fables and myths construed
I’ve endured it all
Is it true I’m dark as sin
Noir and deep as emotion

So much has been said about who I am. So little of who I truly am remains.

In the middle ages, it was said that I was a witch, shifted to prowl the night and curse my enemies.
I laugh at this and yet I cannot recall, for I have seen through the Gifted’s eye.
My sight plunges into the depths of souls, and my instinct speaks as loud as the enemy’s howl upon a full moon night.
How is it that I can always tell what’s benign and what is sinister?
Who am I really?

Once in far-east Japan I was honoured and treasured, thought to help single ladies find worthy suitors.
I smile at this for I’ve always known that this glistening coat of fur, dark and beautiful as onyx, could never have been a curse.

And yet many fear me. Many have sought to put me down, seen my difference and labelled it evil.
Am I really what they say?

Noir and deep as emotion
Is it true I’m dark as sin
I’ve endured it all
Through fables and myths construed
From lore to legend

I am who I am


I enjoyed writing this from the feline’s point of view, I hope you enjoy reading it too.
Sometimes we let what people say about us define us. Nobody but you has the power to define you.

P.S , I hope you notice that the bold bit of poetry at the end is actually the tanka poem i used at the beginning, but in reverse.(a perk of the tanka poetic form)

Stay safe, stay inclusive

60 Comments Add yours

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you appreciate it

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  1. michnavs says:

    This is a very clever and brilliant piece Jude…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Michelle, I hope you enjoyed it 🌸

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    Lovely post, Jude… and loved the reverse twist at the end!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jayne, I’m glad you like and appreciate this

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    This is lovely, Jude… and clever too. Of course, I was immediately drawn to the little cat pic, anyway!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah, the adorableness seems to ensnare most. I’m not a cat person but I don’t have anything against them either

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    These poor things have suffered so much because of the ignorance of people. They are innocent and can’t protect themselves. Lovely post and tanka, in both orders 😊

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you. Yeah I heard some shelters don’t even take black cats

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  5. Sadje says:

    What a wonderful poem, and from a car’s perspective too.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sadje🌸🌼

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Jude

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  6. Roshni says:

    I’m at a loss of words here, but this is a brilliant piece. I loved reading it 😊

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Roshni.🌸🌼🌷 I’m glad you like it

      Like

  7. Sue Vincent says:

    Love the reversed tanka. Perfect!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Sue, I’m happy you appreciate this

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  8. justcalmwildness says:

    Great piece!!!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you 🌼🌸

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  9. memadtwo says:

    A great combination of legend and mystery. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you K, glad you like it

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  10. Reena Saxena says:

    Excellent formatting!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Reena 🌸🌼

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  11. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Who am I ? A haibun with Tanka reversed …. by Jude

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Reena. I’m honoured

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  12. Jay Bleu says:

    Nice job! Creative!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much πŸ™πŸΎ

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  13. Jules says:

    It is always fun to try and write from the purr-spective of something that does not communicate humanly. πŸ˜‰

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, yes, very much so πŸ˜‰

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  14. Vashti Q says:

    Hi, Jude! I enjoyed this post very much! It was fun reading the kitty’s pov. Very creative. πŸ˜€ xo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Vashti 🌼 I’m glad you like it and happy to see you reading 🌼

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  15. clcouch123 says:

    This is a lively, bittersweet expression of the cultural life of the black cat. Poor cats–they simply should be loved. Great work!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much. Yeah they don’t deserve the discrimination they get

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for the mention K. Ive been over and seen your post

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you 🌼

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  17. merrildsmith says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, Jude–and especially how you reversed the tanka at the end. Though I’ve loved all my animal companions, and I know they talk, I’m not usually a fan of tales told by animals, but I did like this one.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Merrill,🌸🌼 I had to be careful not to presume too much and still induce some empathy

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  18. -Eugenia says:

    Wow! Brilliant writing, Jude. I love your creativity.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Eugenia. I’m humbled by the compliment

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome!

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  19. kittysverses says:

    This is a brilliant piece of writing, Jude. Very creative. πŸ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Kitty 🌼🌸

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Jude. πŸ™‚

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  20. I absolutely adore this tribute to Freya, Jude. It’s spectacular!! ❀

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Colleen

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  21. jazzytower says:

    A lovely read. A nice point of view. 😊

    Pat

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you kindly 😊

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  22. PoojaG says:

    This sounds like what I always imagine my cat is thinking…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha such a ponderous one it must be 😊

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      1. PoojaG says:

        Lol indeed it is!

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  23. You have done well with this prompt, Jude. I love the slightly sinister undertone that runs through your poetry.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Roberta, I’m glad you noticed it, it’s improbable to find something completely and utterly flawless in this world so I think that undertone is fitting. However it is not impossible so we can definitely dream

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      1. It makes your poems unique to you, Jude. YOu are very talented.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        Wow, I’m honored. Thank you so much

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  24. mariamichaela says:

    Beautiful work! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michaela 🌸

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