Thread: Zen poems

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    Zen poems

    “Harvest moon:
    around the pond I wander
    and the night is gone.”

    ― Matsuo Basho

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    With this and that
    I tried to keep the bucket together,
    and then the bottom fell out.
    Where water does not collect,
    the moon does not dwell.

    -Adachi Chiyono (1223-1298)

    There's another version of this at https://orderengagedbuddhists.com/20...of-the-bucket/ which says this about the poem, "So we need to allow our bucket to break open, to allow our minds to simply let go of the ideas we are holding onto. We hold onto our ideas so tightly that we are blinded to anything else except our fabricated views of reality. Take a deep breath, calm down. Allow life to be what it is rather than what we want it to be." Perhaps like the previous poem?

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    My own poem, Zen style:

    Spring pond
    Narcissus nods to the moon
    In such a breeze

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    All along this road
    not a single soul—only
    autumn evening

    Basho

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    Lost in the woods
    Only the sound of a leaf
    Falling on my hat

    -Tagami Kikusha

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