Since I came to this hermitage
How many years have passed?
If I am tired I stretch out my feet;
If I feel fine I go for a stroll in the mountains.
The ridicule or praise of worldly people means nothing.
Following my destiny, for this body I have received
from my parents
I have only thanks.
Stevens, J. (2006). (trans). One robe, one bowl: the Zen poetry of Ryokan (1758-1831). Boston: Weatherhill, p. 45.