By Aaron Shepard
A tender, blind bard counts himself fortunate while invited to reside with the clergymen at a well-liked Buddhist temple -- and extra fortunate nonetheless whilst requested to accomplish his epic verses on the court docket of a high-ranking lord. yet why is his noble viewers so violently moved through his stories of long-dead heroes?
For a while 10 and up. now not illustrated!
Aaron Shepard is the award-winning writer of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "Lady White Snake," and plenty of extra kid's books. His tales have seemed usually in Cricket journal, whereas his site is understood the world over as a primary source for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. as soon as a qualified storyteller, Aaron focuses on energetic retellings of folktales and different conventional literature, that have gained him honors from the yankee Library organization, the recent York Public Library, the financial institution highway university of schooling, the nationwide Council for the Social reviews, and the yankee Folklore Society.
Hearing whatever, Hoichi stopped his enjoying and listened. throughout the evening got here footsteps, measured via a gentle CLANK, CLANK -- the sound of armor.
A samurai coming to the temple, concept Hoichi. What may well he wish at this hour?
The footsteps moved throughout the again gate of the temple and around the backyard. CLANK, CLANK. They have been coming directly towards him! because the younger man's center beat speedier, the footsteps halted prior to the veranda.
"Sir!" spoke back the younger guy. Then he additional, "Please, sir, i'm blind. i will not see who you are."
"You don't have anything to fear," stated the voice. "My grasp, a lord of excessive rank, is accommodation within reach. He came over Dan-no-ura, the scene of the well-known conflict. Now he hears of your expertise in reciting the story of the Heike. He needs you to come back straight away to accomplish for himself and his attendants."
"I am so much honored," acknowledged Hoichi.
The younger guy slung his biwa on his again and slipped into his straw sandals. Then his arm used to be clasped in a grip of iron, and he was once led quickly away.
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