“Demon-Quelling”, prompt for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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Demons  (Omi)  can come in different shapes, sizes and species.  Depending upon the culture.  My take on demon-quelling is below.


Shall an old gray wolf

subdue a woman like me?

I shall be born soon.

The wolf head I will cut off

and nail the pelt to the cross!

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2016

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20 Responses to ““Demon-Quelling”, prompt for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai”

  1. Mother Willow Says:

    Wow….what a great tanka this is. I will be staying away from you….hahahaha….beautiful creativity you have Jane.

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  2. Brian Says:

    This ties in with your old manners poem. 🙂

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  3. ladynyo Says:

    LOL, Brian…a bit of a stretch, but perhaps not too far a one.


  4. ladynyo Says:

    Yeah, well hope this puts the fear in wolves….I am half Hungarian. In this culture’s folklore, wolves play heavily in the scaring of peasants and children. In fact there are Grey wolves and Black wolves. I believe the Black wolves are claimed by the Romanians….but the grey ones are just as bad. I remember some stories that my grandmother, totally Hungarian…told me…at least I think they came from her. Wolves were used liberally to scare children quiet and to sleep. Works. I used the same with my young son: Die Nache…where the wolves were coming out of the woods at 6pm. Bedtime. Worked for a while then he got smarter. LOL! Thank you, Helene.

    This also functions as my Death Tanka. Or should.

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  5. Mother Willow Says:

    How interesting about the wolfs. I can’t image telling scary stories to my kids before bedtime….lol….

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  6. thotpurge Says:

    Excellent use of the technique…

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Thotpurge. I’ll be over to read later this afternoon.

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  8. ladynyo Says:

    Old School, Helene. The elders were fiercer than we are about kids. Imagine the issues they laid upon their own children….and that was passed on to us! LOL!

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  9. Mother Willow Says:

    Yes, so right, our way with children today is the opposite.


  10. ladynyo Says:

    yep, and they are better for it. I struggled with this for years with my son….I was old school…but we laugh at things now…he’s 29 and has survived my rotten mothering. I’m not so sure I have.

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  11. Mother Willow Says:

    I did survive mine eventually but not without a lot of pain. I had promised myself I would not do this with my own kids and I never did. They are now 53 and 50. So glad I did not do so.

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  12. ladynyo Says:

    Helene….good for you! You are a better parent for doing so. I don’t think, at my age, I have yet survived.

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  13. Mother Willow Says:

    It is a matter of what and how you were brought up. Most likely not the same experience as I had. Thought mine was not great either.

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  14. ladynyo Says:

    No..many mothers are on the spectrum…mine was an extreme narcissist. she is still the same at 96.

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  15. Mother Willow Says:

    Unfortunate for you Jane. Sorry about that. At least you now have good relationship with your son. How wonderful that must be for you.

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  16. ladynyo Says:

    it took years, Helene. I had to loosen the ties and the abuse I knew and tried to pass on. But either we learn or we don’t.

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  17. Mother Willow Says:

    So sad when parents treat their children like that….children are to be protected and loved. When my parents were alive I avoided seeing them as much as I could. Only after their death was I able to reconcile myself and put it all behind me. Lots of work on oneself.

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  18. ladynyo Says:

    lost my comment back due to stupid computer issues. Some ‘offenses ‘ are so bad that there should be no forgiveness….or forgetting. My mother is an emotional sadist: she says things just to destroy confidence and to maim. I’ve never seen the likes of her in anyone else and others agree that she is an extreme case. At 96 it must be her innate evil that keeps her cold heart ticking. My husband had a stroke 3 years ago, and no one from that side of the family said a damn thing. They were told, by me, and they just ignored this. The problem is this: when you lay down with narcissists….you get more than fleas. So when she dies….I will think of ‘forgiving’ her…but I think the lessons of her evil are better remembered….

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  19. Mother Willow Says:

    Definitely not lessons you ever or will ever forget. They do serve you well though in not treating others in that way and destroying them too. What a challenge it has been for you and though you hold the pain the hate from it all, from what you have written so far, I know you have moved forward a lot through your life.

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  20. ladynyo Says:

    I had to, Helene. And that hatred served a purpose. Of course, like most people….I had great hope that she and they would change….but that didn’t happen. The wiring of narcissism is so twisted that they can’t ‘think’ straight nor do they want to. Their world is very little. Life is a process…and doesn’t end until it does. I’ve made tremendous and dangerous mistakes in my life in numerous things, but that is because I trusted inferior people…I didn’t honor myself. And that is what happens to children who are raised by narcissists.

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