By Dennis Maloney, J. P. Seaton
New translations from chinese language Zen poets
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Additional resources for A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry
Selling herbs , I almost hate to price them, Love watering the garden According to nature . And how abou t India Roa d Through the woods , Still reaching deep autumn In a distant , Blue dream? Through the bridge spa n Autumn has tinted trees and water. Evening just clearing, Temples lean Into cloudy peaks. Avoiding me on sight , Kingfishers Make a wet takeoff . Scent of red lotus Wafts in welcome . I gradually near A vague clearing . Through the wood s chickens and dogs Distantly squabble . Spring Day on West Lake My talent Won ' t compare With Tu Mu-chih' s But writing poem s Out on the lake Is worth a try.
This parting's nothing fated : orphan clouds just never settle down . Midnight, heart startled , I rise , to take the path to Long Cascade : grove's trees swallowed in white dew, a dipper of stars, in the clear dark sky . JP s The Swordsma n Ten long years I've honed this sword : frost white blade as yet untried . Today, like any other gentleman , it's looking for injustice . -a+ 62 rc. 'a+ 63 rG ~S+ Po Chu -i Autumn's Col d (772-M6) Staying at Bamboo Lodge an evening sitting unde r the eaves of the pine s at night sleepin g in Bamboo Lodg e the sky so clear you'd sa y it was drugs meditation so deep, though t I'd gone home to the hill s but Clever can' t bea t Stupi d and Quick won't match Quie t Untoiling-ness!
The Four Seasons rush old age ; Autumn especially affects me . Ten-thousand aim s Twist the min d Night really wears . Alone , I trus t The pure win d Knows what I think : Mostly sighing In the courtyard bamboo , It helps the melancholy . This year the first month , The days aren't warm ; When cold hits the villag e What do people do ? Idl y Hearing a woodpecker — Is a monk at the doo r Begging? Crossed with snow , The pine tint deepens ; Carrying ice , A creek crashes harsh . I chant a poe m And turn to silent sitting : Too lazy to answe r The kid's question .