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Bright Moon In The East
         Ryokan 1758-1831

Bright moon rises in the east,
In the tower I pace back and forth.
I think of my love, but can't see her,
Tears fall mostening my clothes.
Dōngfāng Mińgyuè Chū
Liāngkuān 1758-1831

Dōngfāng mońgyuè chū,
Lóushàng zhèng pánghuáng.
Sī měirén bùjiàn,
Lèixià zhān yīshang.
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Can this be Ryokan the devote Buddhist!! or are we to read it as a love of Buddhist emptiness? I like contradictions!

There is a story:
When Ryokan was 70 and nearing the end of his life, he met a young nun and poet named Teishin. Though Teishin was only 28, they fell in love. They exchanged several beautiful love poems.

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