蓮生

Reflections on the monk Renshô, participant in the battle of Ichi-no-tani, March 18, 1184.

Renshô stands
looking out over the face
of the waters
at Suma no Ura.

An echo of horses
and the desperate sighs
of the fallen
merged
with ragged surf
rebound from the mountain
behind him.

Rush of reeds
driven by wind
on the shore.

Held in his hand
a single shell
scoured by salt
and memory,
empty
yet waiting
the whisper
of the life
he cast away.

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About Theatre Nohgaku

Noh, one of the oldest continuing stage arts, combines highly stylized dance, chant, music, mask and costume with intense inner concentration and physical discipline, creating a uniquely powerful theatrical experience. Theatre Nohgaku’s mission is to share noh’s beauty and power with English speaking audiences and performers. We have found that this traditional form retains its dramatic effectiveness in languages other than Japanese. We believe noh techniques hold a powerful means of expression in the context of contemporary English language theatre.
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