Death Poems

 

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Introduction

The death poem is a type of poetry developed primarily in Japan (although also in China and Korea). Most famous examples were written primarily by the samurai (The warrior class). These poems tend to offer a reflection on death—both in general and concerning the imminent death of the author. They are often coupled with meaningful and neutral observations on life. The practice of writing a death poem has its origins in Zen Buddhism, a worldview derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印), specifically that the material world is transient and impermanent (無常), that attachment to it is the cause of suffering (苦), and that ultimately all reality is an emptiness or at least illusory. (空). These poems became associated with the literate, spiritual, and ruling segments of society, as they were customarily composed by a poet, warrior, nobleman, or Buddhist monk. Due to political and natural strife within my own life, regardless of what comes next for me - I think now is an appropriate time that I publish them, in case of the worst scenarios.

 

So without further ado, I leave these poems.

 

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