Minamoto Yorimasa was a 12th century warrior and accomplished poet. The Tale of Heike recounts his defeat of the nue, a monster with the body of a badger, the face of a monkey, the paws of a tiger, and a tail tipped with a snake’s head. In gratitude, the emperor presented Yorimasa with a famous sword. As the Minister of the Left descended the palace steps to hand Yorimasa the sword, a cuckoo called. Inspired, the minister recited half of a poem: A cuckoo crying winging swiftly through the clouds celebrates his name. Yorimasa knelt, looked up at the crescent moon, and humbly responded:The arrow sought its own way as the crescent moon went dark.