6/02/2007

WKD - Millipede Mukade

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signs of summer -
a centipede
in my bathtub
2007

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a centipede
takes its morning walk -
aah, my kitchen table
2009




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The messenger (retainer) of the deity
Bishamonten was thought of as a centipede!

Bishamon and the Centipede
Daruma Museum


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millipede, centipede
kigo for all summer


mukade 蜈蚣 むかで
"one hundred legs" mukade, hyakusoku 百足虫(むかで)

red centipede, aka mukade 赤蜈蚣(あかむかで)
red-headed centipede, akazu mukade赤頭蜈蚣(あかずむかで)
blue-green headed centipede, aozu mukade 青頭蜈蚣(あおずむかで)
centipede with a bird-head, tobizu mukade 鳶頭蜈蚣(とびずむかで)
"one hundred legs" mukade 百足虫(むかで)




yasude 馬陸 (やすで) millipede
yasude 馬蚰(やすで)
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aka yasude 赤馬陸(あかやすで)red millipede
shiro yasude 白馬陸(しろやすで)white millipede
tobi yasude 鳶馬陸(とびやすで)
tama yasude 球馬陸(たまやすで)round millipede
enzamushi 円座虫(えんざむし)
kusamushi 臭虫(くさむし)"stinking insect"
osamushi 筬虫(おさむし)
amabiko 雨彦(あまびこ)
zenimushi 銭虫(ぜにむし)


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.. .. ninehundred-nine times tock
.. .. one time tack -
.. .. centipede with a wooden leg


Gabi Greve, 2005

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quoting from Zhunagzi - Chuang Tzu

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The unipede K'uei (Kui) envies the millipede, the millipede envies the snake, the snake envies the wind, the wind envies the eye, and the eye envies the mind.

The K'uei said to the millipede,
"I have this one leg that I hop along on, though I make little progress. Now how in the world do you manage to work all those ten thousand legs of yours?"

The millipede said,
"You don't understand. Haven't you ever watched a man spit? He just gives a hawk and out it comes, some drops as big as pearls, some as fine as mist, raining down in a jumble of countless particles. Now all I do is put in motion the heavenly mechanism in me - I'm not aware of how the thing works."

The millipede said to the snake,
"I have all these legs that I move along on, but I can't seem to keep up with you who have no legs. How is that?"

source : ramblingtaoist.blogspot.jp


. Chinese background of Japanese kigo .




KUI
Classic texts use this name for the legendary musician Kui who invented music and dancing; for the one-legged mountain demon or rain-god Kui variously said to resemble a Chinese dragon, a drum, or a monkey with a human face; and for the Kuiniu wild yak or buffalo.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


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. ANIMALS in SUMMER
SAIJIKI



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...


CENTIPEDES AND MILLIPEDES


J. W. Stewart

Centipedes and millipedes are distant relatives of lobsters, crayfish and shrimp. Unlike their marine cousins, centipedes and millipedes are land dwellers, but they do prefer moist habitats or areas of high humidity.

Centipedes and millipedes do not carry diseases to man or to his animals and plants. They are usually considered nuisances rather than destructive pests.

Centipedes pose an occasional threat to man because they have poison glands and will bite. Millipedes occasionally damage seedling plants by feeding on stems and leaves.

There are many kinds of centipedes but all of them are more or less wormlike and have a flattened body. The largest centipede inhabits the tropics of Central America.

Scolopendra gigantca is its name and when fully mature will attain a length of 12 inches. A closely related centipede, Scolopendra heros, occurs in Texas and may be over 5 inches long when full grown.

Centipedes are long-lived; some have been known to live up to 6 years. Most species feed upon small creatures such as insects. With the powerful jaws located immediately under the head they grasp and kill their prey by injecting venom. Occasionally, man may be bitten by centipedes but the poison usually produces only a moderate reaction similar to a bee sting.

The only concern would be to those allergic to insect venoms and other toxins, particularly small children. In cases involving severe reactions, consult a physician at once.


Millipedes are not poisonous, but many species have repugnatorial glands capable of producing irritating fluids which may produce allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to insects or insect toxins.

More
http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/l-1747.html

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Anonymous said...

Little millipede
If I had as many legs
I should surely trip


Bob Heffill

http://www.hikejapan.com/ipr2007%20haiku.html

anonymous said...

Thanks for brightening my morning. Always nice to start the day with a chuckle.

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