Monday, March 16, 2009

- Selection from the book, " Japanese Death Poems", compiled by Yoel Hoffmann.

A tune of non-being
Filling the void:
Spring sun
Snow whiteness
Bright clouds
Clear wind.

- Daido Ichi'i, zen monk
(died on the 26th day of the second month, 1370 at the age of seventy-nine)

is the uniquely Japanese tradition of writing a "farewell poem to life". These autobiographical poems are usually written in the last days, hours or minutes of a person's earthly existence.

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