Camel

by Shinkichi Takahashi

English version by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto
Original Language Japanese

The camel's humps
shifted with clouds.

Such solitude beheads!
My arms stretch

beyond mountain peaks,
flame in the desert.

-- from Triumph of the Sparrow: Zen Poems of Shinkichi Takahashi, Translated by Lucien Stryk / Translated by Takashi Ikemoto

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