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image: Carole MacRury :: haiku: Roshu (1825-1899)

Roshu died on the eighteenth day of May 1899 at the age of seventy-four.  His death poem refers to “Koromogae," the change from heavy clothes to light ones, which is a seasonal reference as well. Buddhist monks generally put on a white robe just before death, and the dead were wrapped in white cloth as well.  I choose this photo for the transience of the fallen leaf and the sunlit white frost signifying a final journey.