Hitotsume Kozo

Playful pranks
in the dark,
but give thanks
for the lark,
one-eyed priest,
yet a boy,
not a beast,
full of joy.
A yokai,
he can see
with his eye
all that we
do as sin,
all misdeeds
done by men
kept as beads
on the wrist
of a god
whose long list
reveals fraud,
lies, deceit,
sloth and wrath,
do not cheat—
tread the Path.

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