Osoroshii Menonaito Nikki

The months and days are the travellers of eternity. The years that come and go are also voyagers. Those who float away their lives on ships or who grow old leading horses are forever journeying, and their homes are wherever their travels take them. --Basho, tr. D. Keene


Visiting Old Temples in Nara


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

have I a body?

Have I a body or have I none?
Am I who I am or am I not?
Pondering these questions,
I sit leaning against the cliff while the 
    years go by,
Till the green grass grows between my feet
And the red dust settles on my head,
And the men of the world, thinking me dead,
Come with offerings of wine and fruit
   to lay by my corpse.

-- Han-Shan, tr. by Burton Watson

Sunday, February 28, 2010

hotoke ni wa

hotoke ni wa
sakura no hana o
tatematsure
waga nochi no yo o
hito toburawaba



When gone in death,
I'll take cherry blossoms
as your rite for me . . .
if any wishes to make memorial here
for me in my life over there

-- Saigyo; tr. William R. LaFleur

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yakushi Nyorai

Friday, February 19, 2010

Breasts -- Gary Snyder


That which makes milk can't help but concentrate
out of the food of the world
right up to the point where we suck it,
poison, too ...


Gary Snyder, Axe Handles


Breasts -- Gary Snyder