miwahni (miwahni) wrote,

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Poetry for a Friday night

Gacked from cali_se
When you see this, post some poetry.

Humdrum Zen
There's nothing in the least unusual
in the lifestyle I pursue:
Simply, I find fulfillment
in doing the chores one must.
Seeking nothing, avoiding nothing,
what needs to be done I do
and the world flows smoothly past me
unfussing and unfussed.

Who cares what jack-in-office
grants purple rank or red
When even the staunch green mountains
are patterned to expire?

My life of magic practices?
Friend, you have been misled.
Look, I am hauling water,
I carry logs for the fire.

Layman Pang (c.740 - 808)
Translated from the Chinese by Graeme Wilson.
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