Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Unsettled

Kisei Reigen (1403-88), describing a painted fan:



A branch of bamboo stretched over the wall

Rises and falls unpredictably in the wind.

While sparrows, trying to perch for the evening, with unsettled hearts

Flutter up to it and then away again.



David Pollack, Zen Poets of the Five Mountains (1985), 90; 
qtd in John C. Maraldo, "A Walk Through Some Zen Landscapes of the Heart,"
in Landscape and Traveling East and West: A Philosophical Journey, ed. Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew K. Whitehead  (London: Bloomsbury, 2014),  11-126, 113

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