To write something and leave it behind us

by Ikkyu (Ikkyu Sojun)

English version by R. H. Blyth
Original Language Japanese

To write something and leave it behind us,
It is but a dream.
When we awake we know
There is not even anyone to read it.

-- from Zen and Zen Classics, by R. H. Blyth

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