This world ~ Ryokan

This world
A fading
Mountain echo
Void and
Unreal

Within
A light snow
Three Thousand Realms
Within those realms
Light snow falls

As the snow
Engulfs my hut
At dusk
My heart, too
Is completely consumed


Ryokan

from the book Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan

translated by John Stevens



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