One Robe, One Bowl ~ Ryōkan

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WINTER

 

Late at night, listening to the winter rain,

recalling my youth–

Was it only a dream?  Was I really young once?

~

Another blizzard–the mountains are

covered with deep snow,

From now on, news from town must wait till spring.

~

Wind and snow, then snow and rain:

tonight, awakened by the cry of a wild goose

In the dark, endless winter sky.

~

Late at night, the snow

is piling higher and higher,

Muffling the sound of the waterfall.

~

In the shadow of the mountains

the firewood burns, brightening

My cold little grass hut.

~

Have you forgotten the way to my hut?

Every evening I wait for the sound of your footsteps,

But you do not appear.

~

What is the heart of this old monk like?

A gentle wind

Beneath the vast sky.

~

Months pass, days pile up,

like one intoxicated dream–

An old man sighs.

 

 

3 thoughts on “One Robe, One Bowl ~ Ryōkan

  1. YESSSSSS….

    From: “The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por)” Reply-To: “The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por)” Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:53 PM To: Subject: [New post] One Robe, One Bowl ~ Ryōkan

    Jerry Roberts posted: ” WINTER Late at night, listening to the winter rain, recalling my youth– Was it only a dram? Was I really young once? ~ Another blizzard–the mountains are covered with deep snow, From now on, news from town must wait till spring. ~ Wi”

  2. Perfect for this rainy autumn eves here at el fin del mundo

    On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 22:53 The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por) wrote:

    > Jerry Roberts posted: ” WINTER Late at night, listening to the winter > rain, recalling my youth– Was it only a dram? Was I really young once? ~ > Another blizzard–the mountains are covered with deep snow, From now on, > news from town must wait till spring. ~ Wi” >

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