Thursday, February 3, 2011



Ryokan's Hut 
located at the present day Gogo-an temple in Niigate prefecture Japan

Blending with the wind, 
Snow falls; 
Blending with the snow, 
The wind blows. 
By the hearth 
I stretch out my legs, 
Idling my time away 
Confined in this hut. 
Counting the days, 
I find that February, too, 
Has come and gone 
Like a dream.

~ Ryokan
from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan
 translated by John Stevens