This week’s scribble-quest at Poets And Storytellers United asks us to consider deathbed-related poetry in the tradition of jisei, telling us: “In East Asia (Japan, China, Korea) there is a long tradition of death poems called jisei, reflecting on one’s own death and/or death in general. They are supposed to be written on the death-bed, or at least when death seems imminent, but they could be written earlier.”
They’re often in Haiku / Senryu / Tanka form, but I’ve opted for a Sevenling . (Not familiar? Check it out HERE)
Sevenling (he liked reclining)
He liked reclining in his chaise-lounge,
stretching out in a sunny hammock,
tucking himself into his sleeping bag.
Everyone wanted to know what he knew,
what he could share to prepare them,
what almost a century could teach.
The hospital bedrail muted his lessons.
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Weekly Scribble #37
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