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Death Poems:  there is a tradition of haiku poets ( haijin) writing what might be a final poem to leave as a "death poem" and in a sense many haiku have a perfect centering in the "now" which could qualify them as potential poems of farewell and celebrating our very witness.

 
 
 
 
these are poems that were either written by poets who declared this their "death poem" or poems that were written to commemorate and honor a haijin who has passed away...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On a journey, ill:
my dream goes wandering
over withered fields
 
 
       - Basho  ( 1645-1694 )
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Of late the nights
are dawning
plum-blossom white
 
 
  - Buson  ( 1715-1783)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now it reveals its hidden side
and now the other- thus it falls
an autumn leaf
 
 
   - Ryokan   ( 1746-1831 )
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
end of a long day
the old bartender's feet
take the floorboards home
 
 
              - Jerry Kilbride  ( 1930-2005)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
in the old schoolbook
  red leaves, waxed and pressed
      by these wrinkled hands
 
 
                 - Helen Dalton  ( 1901-2004 )
 
 
 

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