At the Nachi Kan'non Hall

by Muso Soseki

English version by W. S. Merwin
Original Language Japanese

The Milky Way
     pours waterfalls
          over this human world
the cold
     rushing tumbling sounds
          echo through the blue sky
Veneration
     to the Great Compassionate
          Avilokiteshvara
How lucky I am
     to have no trouble
          hearing

-- from Sun at Midnight: Muso Soseki - Poems and Sermons, Translated by W. S. Merwin / Translated by Soiku Shigematsu

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