Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Yes, I’m Truly A Dunce - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

Yes, I’m truly a dunce
Living among trees and plants.
Please don’t question me about illusion and enlightenment --
This old fellow just likes to smile to himself.
I wade across streams with bony legs,
And carry a bag about in fine spring weather.
That’s my life,
And the world owes me nothing.

Comments about Yes, I’m Truly A Dunce by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 8:55:00 AM)

    '' I’m Truly A Dunce '' :))

    Ryō means good,
    kan means broad,
    Taigu means great fool;
    - Ryōkan Taigu would thus translate as broad-hearted generous fool
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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