Like vanishing dew

by Ikkyu (Ikkyu Sojun)

English version by Sam Hamill
Original Language Japanese

Like vanishing dew,
a passing apparition
or the sudden flash
of lightning -- already gone --
thus should one regard one's self.

-- from The Poetry of Zen: (Shambhala Library), Edited by Sam Hamill / Edited by J. P. Seaton

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