Three Jisei

· SAIGYO SOKO SENRYU ·

July 31, 2017

 

I wish to die
in spring, beneath
the cherry blossoms,
while the springtime moon
is full.

Saigyo (1190)

 

 

Inhale, exhale
Forward, back
Living, dying:
Arrows, let flown each to each
Meet midway and slice
The void in aimless flight

Thus I return to the source.

Gesshu Soko (1696).

 

 

Bitter winds of winter
but later, river willow,
open up your buds.

-Senryu (1790)

 

 

 

August 2, 2017

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