The Thief Left It Behind Poem by Taigu Ryokan

The Thief Left It Behind

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

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Fabrizio Frosini 26 November 2016

One evening a thief visited Ryokan's hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryokan 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. Ryokan 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 26 November 2016

'' nusutto ni / torinokosareshi / mado no tsuki '' The thief left it behind: the moon at my window

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