Gone Again to Gaze on the Cascade

by Yuan Mei

English version by J. P. Seaton
Original Language Chinese

A whole life without speaking,
                    "a thunderous silence"
that was Wei-ma's Way.
And here is a place where no monk can preach.
I understand now what T'ao Ch'ien, enlightened,
said, he couldn't say.
It's so clear, here, this water
                    my teacher.

-- from A Drifting Boat: Chinese Zen Poetry, Edited by J. P. Seaton / Edited by Dennis Maloney

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