Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

The Thief Left It Behind - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

The thief left it behind:
the moon
at my window.


Comments about The Thief Left It Behind by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 9:05:00 AM)

    the event:
    One evening a thief visited Ryōkan's hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryōkan returned and caught him.
    ''You have come a long way to visit me, '' he told the prowler, ''and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.''
    The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
    Ryōkan sat naked, watching the moon. ''Poor fellow, '' he mused, ''I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon.'' [from Wikipedia
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 9:00:00 AM)

    ...
    '' nusutto ni / torinokosareshi / mado no tsuki ''

    The thief left it behind:
    the moon
    at my window
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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