Thursday, May 14, 2009

Far From Flowers

a poem by Muso Soseki

Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem)

Year after year
     I dug in the earth
          looking for the blue of heaven
only to feel
    the pile of dirt
         choking me
until once in the dead of night
    I tripped on a broken brick
        and kicked it into the air
and saw that without a thought
    I had smashed the bones
        of the empty sky

(from Sun At Midnight, Poems and Sermons of Muso Soseki, translated by W.S. Merwin and Soiku Shigematsu, North Point Press 1989)

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