Kashiwagi

Outstanding words to live by from a great blog @candiacomesclean.wordpress .com. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes ” A coward dies a thousand deaths before he dies, but the gallant taste death but once…” – Willam Shakespeare #PeaceMarshall

Candia Comes Clean

(Image 12th century: Tokugawa Museum)

A man does not live

for millennia, like trees.

If he has one wish,

he wants it to be fulfilled.

An expiation

might lay the tormenting ghost

and all his past sins,

snuffing smoke; quenching embers.

Then he’ll breathe on his death bed

more freely for it.

The rat will not gnaw his soul;

consequences come

and outcomes that may endure

for more than a thousand years.

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