Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Teishin - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

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


Comments about Teishin by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 9:35:00 AM)

    Ryokan's death poem: '' ura wo mise / omote wo misete / chiru momiji ''
    On his deathbed, Ryōkan offered the following death poem to Teishin:

    裏を見せ 表を見せて 散る紅葉
    うらを見せ おもてを見せて 散るもみじ
    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 (11/25/2016 5:17:00 AM)

    about Teishin:
    '' With her now, / I have all that I need ''
    In 1826 Ryōkan 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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