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

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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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