Turtle Netsuke: Kappa

kappa netsuke s

child of the river
I will bow to you, turning
the trick backwards, breath
of knowing healing spirit
spilling water into air

Continuing the turtle theme, I’ve drawn another Kappa netsuke.  I still think Kappa was an inspiration for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, though I can find no evidence online to back this up.  A river deity and trickster who tried to lure people and animals into water, he could himself be tricked into helping humans because of his obsession with politeness.  You can read more about Kappa in this post.

And see all my netsuke posts here.

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23 responses to “Turtle Netsuke: Kappa”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    I love the circular theme of poem, and the circular lines in the drawing.

  2. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    Your poems give me goosebumps, Kerfe! Holy heck. And you really have a gift for this symphony of word and image. Lovely paper to bring out your subject and expressive pen strokes too. Bravo, lady!

  3. Jodi says :

    beautiful words! Amazing drawing!

  4. Sharon Mann says :

    I love your black line drawings. 😎🌷

  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    The turtle-shell shape of the poem, the rhythm, that last line! Wonderful.

  6. Sand Salt Moon says :

    I’ve seen one here, and tried to draw it. So I can relate to your fascination with turtles. Turtle love ! Wonderful line drawing …

  7. Sand Salt Moon says :

    I’ve seen one here, and tried to draw it. So I can relate to your fascination with turtles. Turtle love ! Wonderful line drawing … so creative with that creature on top!

  8. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Beautiful sketch and words! Very nice! Did a little research and apparently in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Prince Kenshin arrives in New York and takes one look at the Turtles and called them “kappa” – and then fainted, because he thought they were demons. Hehe… So you’re probably right on the inspiration! 😉

  9. Melba Christie at Poemattic says :

    Who doesn’t love a turtle.

  10. artandmoondreams says :

    Beautiful drawing of a netsuke, and your verse is lovely and delightful, a wonderful fluid pairing.

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