My sword leans against the sky.
With its polished blade I’ll behead
The Buddha and all of his saints.
Let the lightning strike where it will.
~Shumpo Soki (1496)
After reciting this poem, Shumpo gave a “laugh of derision” and died. What this all means is he was stating his independence from religious tradition and false notions. Also, his declaration of defiance and bravery while facing death. Lightning was thought to punish those who defy gods or celestial beings. Shumpo dies brave and free. The spiritual warrior’s death.