Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Slopes Of Mount Kugami - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

of Mount Kugami—
in the mountain's shade
a hut beneath the trees—
how many years
it's been my home?
The time comes
to take leave of it—
my thoughts wilt
like summer grasses,
I wander back and forth
like the evening star—
till that hut of mine
is hidden from sight,
till that grove of trees
can no longer be seen,
at each bend
of the long road,
at every turning,
I turn to look back
in the direction of that mountain.

Comments about Slopes Of Mount Kugami by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/25/2016 5:00:00 AM)

    the aesthetic concept of ''Mono no aware''
    ''Mono no aware'' (an awareness of the poignancy of things, deriving from their transience, but without suffering) is wonderfully expressed here. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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