Young Hermit’s Secret

I hide in fog and water, I cross the fire and run through the sky,
The only survivor in the descendants of ninja is me,

My father and brother achieved the missions and died in cruel war,
I was a faithful soldier trained strictly from childhood,

However, I am a quiet hermit and ecological farmer in a mountain now,
I knew with deep sorrow the emptiness of repeating fight for murder,

Surely, father will call me a coward,
Sorry, but I feel the life is holier than honor,

My dear friends are pretty squirrels in the forest,
They give lovely fresh acorns to me in fine morning,

I talk with animals and love wildflowers singing cheerily,
All lives are full of joy, I am unified with Mother Nature,

This peaceful place is a secret not to be found by assassins,
And it is a secret whether I am a man or a woman,

Today, I heard the violent noise of war far away again,
My eyes like a clairvoyant cat see everything in autumn moonlight,
If the world is wrong, I go my way alone.


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30 thoughts on “Young Hermit’s Secret

  1. Vassilis September 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Love your vision. Sorry to say that when two forces go to war, the one that suffers is usually the one not willing to take part. For some not-so-peculiar reason, war affects the peaceful ones more.


  2. Rob Taylor September 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent….. 😉


  3. Doug S September 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful and tragic


  4. Brenda September 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Beautiful, I like the retreat from war and murder and choice of a new life.


    • Sawa Minori September 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Thank you so much !! I always love peace.


  5. xavierx September 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Just one word – mesmerizing! :O
    Here is one of my writing:
    I usually write poems in a rhythm (AB-AB/ABA-ABA/etc.) and my personal favorite is ab-ab (used in my poem).
    But the topics that I cover are nothing in front of yours. Yours are completely new and genuine, and I don’t think I’d be able to write on them. I write poems on very general topics (hunger, rain, disappointment, etc.).
    So kudos to you! 😀


    • Sawa Minori September 22, 2013 at 12:28 am

      Welcome ! Thank you for wonderful comment !!


  6. edgarone2 September 22, 2013 at 12:49 am

    courageous with clairvoyant eyes.
    I like the poem.


  7. Francina September 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    beautifully written poem !


  8. shanuwater September 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Lovely :).


  9. twoscamps September 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    You write very well. This is such a sad yet beautiful poem…. I understand about going away alone. I am happy you have a secret peaceful place of retreat.


  10. Dove Seven Gold September 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    this is a beautiful poem, thankyou for sharing your words with us 🙂


  11. Francina September 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I was looking and reading your previous work on your blog. Beautiful drawings and poems.
    groetjes, Francina


    • Sawa Minori September 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much !! Best wishes.


  12. walterwsmith3rd September 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I really love this. Both the art and the prose. Beautiful


  13. Dream, Pray and Love September 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely! Thanks for liking my recent poem 🙂


  14. Sawa, I love your artistic creation!

    Thank you for liking my recent post of Napa sunrise as well!

    Have a wonderful day,



    • Sawa Minori October 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much !! Best wishes.


  15. susmy sebastian October 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

    cute! but paradoxically tragic!! good work!


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