I sat facing you for hours but you didn’t speak;
Then I finally understood the unspoken meaning.
Removed from their covers, books lay scattered about;
Outside the bamboo screen, rain beats against the plum tree.
from the book Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan
translated by John Stevens
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Further quotes from the book Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf:
- I now surrender
- This world
- Deep in the mountain
- Everything is in the Heart
- I must go there today
- Right to the core
- The moonlight comes and goes