a well nobody dug filled with no water

by Ikkyu (Ikkyu Sojun)

English version by Stephen Berg
Original Language Japanese

a well nobody dug filled with no water
ripples and a shapeless weightless man drinks
oh green green willow wonderfully red flower
but I know the colors are not there

-- from Crow With No Mouth: Fifteenth Century Zen Master Ikkyu, Translated by Stephen Berg

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a well nobody dug