By Dennis Maloney, J. P. Seaton
New translations from chinese language Zen poets
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Extra info for A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry
Frozen earth stunt s Border trees ; the pure heavens Break up sickly clouds . Over limitless distanc e Your heart watches ; at eas e In the South Palace, your lette r Brilliant as brocade . Grieving for Hul Chung Zen Master Chien Chang A frosty bel l Anxiously overrides the waterclock ; Grieving together, Dense sorrow dawns . Guests from the coas t Exchange his enlightened poems ; Monks from these woods Describe his bearing while ill . The cleansing sprin g Floats a fallen leaf; On rock concentration s Chirping crickets assemble .
White clouds hang around all day . Mostly the mountain doesn't mind . JP S JMC T'ung-shan Liang Chich (807-869) Hsueh-feng Yi Ts'un Ten thousand miles without on e blade of grass . Far, far, colors lost in smoke and haze . Kalpa s so long . . What's the use of shaving your head and leaving home? JPs Shen Ying (821-906) (fl 86O-874) Old Mon k Sun shines bac k from West Mount's snows: old monk's gate' s not open yet. Water pitcher's frozen to the pillar's plinth : banked night fire almos t lost in the stove's ashes .
Nobody knew my name . Up through the clouds to harvest my grain , climbing like an ant into the tree to pick the oranges . Saw a tiger wander by that lonesome village . . Anyone could grow white haire d living a life like that . 890 ) Sno w dense, soundless, falling through azure emptines s swirling clouds sing and dance in the soft breeze . as the recluse hums a line in praise of hidden place s vagrant flakes drift in and stain his inkstone black . (9th-10th Century) Cold Food Festival Day The Day of Cold Food, sadly lookin g on the Spring outside the city wall : no place in the wild fields that doesn't somehow wound my spirit .
A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry by Dennis Maloney, J. P. Seaton