Rain in Autumn

by Jakushitsu

English version by Arthur Braverman
Original Language Japanese

Look at the moon before you point or speak

Illuminating the sky
     an unstained round light

If your face doesn't possess the monk's discerning eye

You become blinded by evening rains of autumn

-- from A Quiet Room: The Poetry of Zen Master Jakushitsu, Translated by Arthur Braverman

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Rain in Autumn