Tōrō Nagashi

Your flame flickers briefly—
a parting whisper.
Some trick of the river
mimics your laughter.

We stand apart at sunset,
lost in natsukashii,
come 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

Published at Poetry Nook, October 2018, Nominated for 2018 Pushcart Prize

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52 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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