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Then at the inn I had food, fire, and rest . . .
Sasha Blaze
Picpoemspam behind the beautiful ronin.

The Owl

Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved;
Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof
Against the North wind; tired, yet so that rest
Had seemed the sweetest thing under a roof.

Then at the inn I had food, fire, and rest,
Knowing how hungry, cold, and tired was I.
All of the night was quite barred out except
An owl's cry, a most melancholy cry

Shaken out long and clear upon the hill,
No merry note, nor cause of merriment,
But one telling me plain what I escaped
And others could not, that night, as in I went.

And salted was my food, and my repose,
Salted and sobered, too, by the bird's voice
Speaking for all who lay under the stars,
Soldiers and poor, unable to rejoice.

Edward Thomas (written February 1915, published 1917)

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Aw, thanks! The big sword was surprisingly cheap from some online martial-arts shop--I had always wanted one, and then I decided I had an excuse to buy it, with the advent of both Hound and Yukinojo. The short sword is a horrid plastic 1/6 accessory, lol (one of several reasons I sepia-toned these pictures).

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Whoa, isn't that gorgeous! 6 1/4 inches, though . . . that would be a short sword/dagger for D, I *think*. The little plastic 1/6 swords I have are 8 inches (including the hilt), and they're a bit too long to be belt daggers for him.

The big sword I have is 14 1/4", tip to tip. It's pretty good for Yukinojo, just about perfect for Hound, but oversized for D. (Little shrimpy thing.) On D, it looks like the huge ridiculous sword that Toshiro Mifune's character lugs around in Seven Samurai. ;-)

sigh... where do i begin... pretties all around. SIGH i love him...

I'm having so much fun with him--he's great to handle, and I love his weight and solidity. Mrrrrr.

Gorgeous and wonderful and lovely and well...just well envisioned! I enjoy your picpoemspam! Your boy is so wonderful - did you remove his soul patch or is that the angle from which you're shooting?

Where did you land this kimono? I like your environment.

Did you see the amazing Chinese ensemble S&K was offering on Ebay for the SD16.

And have you read the elagantly slim Tales of the Otori? This could be our mute samurai!

Tales of the Otori--nope, not yet, but it's going on the BUY NOW! list. Ooooo, I did see that S&K ensemble, but I have a lovely black kimono set on the way from Y!J, and after paying for that one I'm trying to go on an Asian-costume diet for a while. (Famous last words.)

This kimono is from miniorient on eBay (the eBay store is called Oriental Boutique): well-made, reasonably-priced, and authentic enough for me, since God knows I'm no kimono connoisseur. It's linen, or maybe linen blend--I love the texture, yum.

And that screen is one of my treasures. I snagged it for cheap in the closing minutes of a doll show last spring, because it's elderly and a little rickety, and the seller didn't want to pack it up and lug it home again. Besides, she had an easy mark right in front of her, drooling all over it.

And one more, to say that I got very, very lucky: his soulpatch is really faint and undefined, more of a shadow than actual paint. I was afraid I'd have to do surgery on his faceup right away, but Volks must have read my mind or something.

me: breathtaking. We're still working on getting more asian type clothing. Kane has a white Chinese jacket, but that's as far as we go. This is a fantastic photo grouping.

Asian costume for BJDs is addictive, I warn you. You start innocently, with one little outfit from eBay, and the next thing you know, you're haunting Y!J in the middle of the night . . .

And *blush* thank you! I still can't get these pictures to come out the way I see them in my mind, but maybe someday.

You're going to hit me, but the first thing I thought was "Jedi!" X3

Oh, dammit. He DOES look like Liam Neeson, doesn't he?


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Thomas is one of my great favorites, though I find that my students don't "get" him at all. (In fairness, I probably didn't get him when I was an undergraduate, either--I can't remember.)

"Rain" is an amazing poem: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/projects/jtap/tutorials/intro/thomas/rain.html

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