Autumn Kessei 2017 week 7
by tendo zenji
5 Deer Park
No one seen. In empty mountains,
hints of drifting voice, no more.
Entering those deep woods, late sun-
light ablaze on green moss, rising.
6 Magnolia Park
Autumn mountains, gathering last light,
one bird follows another in flight away.
Shifting kingfisher-greens flash radiant
scatters. Evening mists: nowhere they are.
11 Vagary Lake
Flute-song carries beyond further shores.
In dusk light, I bid you a sage’s farewell.
Across this lake, in the turn of a head,
mountain greens furl into white clouds.
— Wang Wei (701-761)
translated by David Hinton in Mountain Home