Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Returning To My Native Village - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

Returning to my native village after many years’ absence:
I put up at a country inn and listen to the rain.
One robe, one bowl is all I have.
I light incense and strain to sit in meditation;
All night a steady drizzle outside the dark window --
Inside, poignant memories of these long years of pilgrimage.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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