Netsuke #7: Snakes
if lightning, as
if combining brightness
and death. Revealing suddenly:
connecting regenerating transforming
healing poison hollow
Jane Dougherty‘s poetry challenge this week was to write a cinquain, a five line poem. It can take many forms, like the snake. I did one with 2-4-6-8-2 syllables and one that was descriptive.
Snakes as pure symbols of evil are a Christian invention. Most cultures, including the Japanese, see snakes as creatures of duality, containing aspects of both good and evil. Magical emissaries of the gods, they travel between the worlds of water and fire. Fertility, death, luck, misfortune–opposition finds integration in the spirit of the snake.
And continuing my exploration of different ink drawing implements: the top drawing was done with a nib pen I found in a box of miscellaneous pens and pencils. It’s my favorite nib yet–a Hunt extra fine 512, evidently intended for calligraphy. I’m going to purchase more of these. The second snake was drawn with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie. Also good for drawing, although it bleeds through the paper much more than anything else I’ve tried.
You can see my other netsuke drawings here.