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MEDICINE AND THE ARTS

Four Japanese Death Haiku

Hoffmann, Yoel

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On a journey, ill:

My dream goes wandering

Over withered fields

Basho

The earth is fragrant

With plum petals falling

On my way home

Fuwa

Depths of cold

Unfathomable

Ocean roar

Kasenjo

Within the vast and empty

Autumn night

Dawn breaks.

Kinko

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