Tōrō Nagashi

Your flame flickers briefly,
a parting wink,
while some trick of the river
mimics your laughter.

We stood apart at sunset,
lost in natsukashii;
came together in darkness,
to watch the dead pass on.

Your light has fallen now,
to shadow
beneath the bridge.

Ryan Stone

First published on Napalm and Novocain, January 2016


36 thoughts on “Tōrō Nagashi

  1. Guiding the spirits to the other world, while lanterns flow in the river wishing the departed a safe voyage.
    A beautiful poem that has mixed the culture with the feelings of loss.
    P.S. you should do some more reading now that you have some time in your hand. 🙂

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