Teishin Poem by Taigu Ryokan

Teishin

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“When, when?” I sighed.
The one I longed for
Has finally come;
With her now,
I have all that I need.

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Fabrizio Frosini 26 November 2016

On his deathbed, Ryokan offered the following death poem to Teishin: ???? ????? ???? ????? ??????? ????? ura wo mise / omote wo misete / chiru momiji Now it reveals its hidden side and now the other—thus it falls, an autumn leaf.

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Fabrizio Frosini 25 November 2016

'' With her now, / I have all that I need '' In 1826 Ryokan became ill and was unable to continue living as a hermit. He moved into the house of one of his patrons, Kimura Motouemon, and was cared for by a young nun called Teishin. The two of them exchanged a series of haiku.

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