Thursday, December 3, 2009

Death Poem of Kozan Ichikyo

Empty-handed I entered the world

Barefoot I leave it.

My coming, my going --

Two simple happenings

That got entangled.

I have always liked this death poem of Kozan Ichikyo. He died Feb 12, 1360. He was 77.

Hands palm to palm.

poem found at


  1. Certain poems like that have this quality where it is not just reading them, but the moment just after.

    I can't explain it but perhaps you recognised it too.

  2. Yes...I agree. It is the moment just after reading it. Wonderful observation.