Death Poem by Ōta Dōkan Sukenaga

Had I not known
that I was dead
I would have mourned
the loss of my life.

From: Hoffmann, Yoel (ed. and transl.), Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death, 1998, Tuttle Publishing: Tokyo; Turland, Vermont; Singapore, p. 52.

Date: 1486 (original in Japanese); 1986 (translation in English)

By: Ōta Dōkan Sukenaga (1432-1486)

Translated by: Yoel Hoffmann (1937- )

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