Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

When I Was A Lad - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

When I was a lad,
I sauntered about town as a gay blade,
Sporting a cloak of the softest down,
And mounted on a splendid chestnut-coloured horse.
During the day, I galloped to the city;
At night, I got drunk on peach blossoms by the river.
I never cared about returning home,
Usually ending up, with a big smile on my face,
at a pleasure pavilion!


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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