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Your Words Travel
Author: Pondering Red

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snow covers the valley,
your hut,
your mended begging bowl.

now you are more alone.
what music do you listen to
without the summer birds song ?

snow falling on snow,
I would say...

your best neighbours,
the clouds,
are angry and brooding tonight.

your words
travel through
time
to me...

in this late november evening,
i wonder about
the forest that surrounds you,
how only those
who are lost
can find you,
how you never want to leave...

you are so free - so free

tonight
you probably listen to the
sounds of rain falling,
as you read ancient words of wisdom

and i
watching
the snow blowing wildly,
read yours,
centuries later,
under the same moon,
longing to be free...

------- Author's Notes -------

inspired by :
Ryokan, a Zen Buddhist monk and poet who
lived in Niigata Japan 1758-1831.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Angel in Tears (86.138.131.92) -- Monday, November 28 2005, 09:44 pm

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I love this poem
Pondering Red (65.94.253.2) -- Sunday, December 11 2005, 02:02 am

thank you

thank you for your comment...i so love the poetry of Ryokan and the pure happy simplicity of his life..
 
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