Excerpt: Yamaoka Tesshu – A Profile
A Profile of Yamaoka Tesshu
From Mike Sayama’s Book Samadhi: Self Development in Zen, Swordsmanship, and Psychotherapy 
Before capitulating to stomach cancer on July 19, 1888, Tesshu composed this poem:
Tightening my abdomen
against the pain.
The caw of a morning crow.