Two Jisei*

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A toenail coming
off – what an apt metaphor
for this passing life

My right side doing
all the work – time now to turn
onto my left

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*Jisei are the Japanese version of the “death poem” that is a common cultural expression within many East Asian societies, especially China, Korea and Japan. These two poems were inspired by having recently read a collection of Japanese Jisei.