THE FLOWER IN THE COURTYARD

THE FLOWER IN THE COURTYARD


1

 

the deer hunter does not

see the mountains

the ambitious man does not

see men

*

lusting for societal position

I did not see

the flower in the courtyard

I hurried past my own heart                ***

*

2

The spring flowers, the autumn moon;

Summer breezes, winter snow.

If useless things do not clutter your mind,

You have the best days of your life.                               **

*

When you realize what the real is,

You will see we pass from one husk
to another

Like travelers stopping for
a night’s lodging. **

*

Only listen to the sound of
pines and cedars

When no wind stirs.

*

There are ten thousand paths to dawn

At the peak of the silver mountain.     ***

*

**  verse by Mumon

*** poem  by WGM

compilation and poem  (C)2015 by W.G. Milne

Friday, December 25, 2015

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