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where Rengetsu lived at Makuzuan hermitage at Chion'in, Kyoto

 

Otagaki Rengetsu or Kuroda Koryo
 'Let us consider our aging' teapot [kyusu] 1850s 
glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy
11.1 x 17.0 cm
Collection of the National Gallery of Australia 

 

Let us consider
our aging and
our future happiness
as twin needles
from an auspicious pine.