Monday, November 19, 2012

Clear water sound

Great Salt Lake at sunset, photo from Antelope Island State Park.

Lu Tung-Pin is
                gone beyond
his spirit suns
a thousand other worlds
merit, fame, and grass and mustard seed
the same
the old guy took his bramble staff
and smashed up all

no tricks
             nothing doing
sun and moon endure their rush
and don't grow old
sail backwards?
row against the flow?
to hell with that.
you'd better be known
for being

clear water-sound
fine mountain colors
nothing to do
    with right and wrong
bamboo's shade on a
rush hut's window
here's music
in a way
you cannot say
to any man
    - Yun K'an Tzu, Yuan Dynasty