Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Flower Gazer I Become...

For a momento of my existence
What shall I leave
(I need not leave anything)
Flowers in the spring,
Cuckoos in the summer
And maple leaves
In the autumn.

-- Ryokan

A hundred flowers are in Spring,
in Autumn is the moon,
In Summer is the cool wind.
the snow is in Winter;
If nothing is on the mind to afflict a man
That is the best season for the man.

-- Wu-men-kuan (The Gateless Gate)
Wu-men Hui-K'ai

Making the shades of trees
My dwelling place,
A flower gazer
I naturally become.

-- Emperor Kazan
Tales of Splendor, Futile Dreams

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