A Smile

by Ko Un

English version by Brother Anthony of Taize
Original Language Korean

Shakyamuni held up a lotus
so Kashyapa smiled.
Not at all.
The lotus smiled
so Kashyapa smiled.

Nowhere was Shakyamuni!

-- from What?: 108 Zen Poems, by Ko Un

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