Ryōkan haiku

Autumn leaves fall,
showing the front,
showing the back.

Ryōkan’s beautiful haiku, seemingly so simple, encapsulates an inescapable truth about human nature: “we are all sometimes good, showing the front side, and sometimes not, showing our back side.” (Ty Unno)

And, like leaves, we are susceptible to being blown by the wind.

I’m reminded of the phrase, “front of the hand, back of the hand.” It’s in the nature of things; you can’t have one without the other.

The past couple of days, a few people have seen my back side.

The Wikipedia article on
Ryōkan contains information that is disputed … so it might be worth a look.

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