The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha

"Spiritual powers and their wondrous functioning--hauling water and carrying firewood." --Layman Pang, upon his realization

Monday, February 13, 2012

4 Poems by Otagaki Rengetsu

Winter Dreams

To forget the chill of
The frozen hearth
I spend the night
Dreaming of gathering
Violets in a lush field.

Upon Hearing the First Bush-Warbler of Spring

Amid the plum blossoms,
I hear the first burst of song;
Too young yet to give a
Full-throated performance,
Still, what a joy!

Tender Buds

A thousand grasses
Run rampant in autumn
But to discover a
Single sprout with two leaves;
The joy of spring!


Coming and going
Without beginning or end,
Like ever changing
White clouds:
The heart of things.

--from Lotus Moon: The Poetry of Rengetsu, translated by John Stevens

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