I must go there today

by Ryokan

English version by John Stevens
Original Language Japanese

I must go there today --
Tomorrow the plum blossoms
Will scatter.

-- from Dewdrops on a Lotus Leaf: Zen Poems of Ryokan, Translated by John Stevens

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