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Year after year
          I dug in the earth
                    looking for the blue of heaven
only to feel
          the pile of dirt
                    choking me
until once in the dead of night
          I tripped on a broken brick
                    and kicked it into the air
and saw that without a thought
          I had smashed the bones
                    of the empty sky.

Toki-no-Ge (Satori Poem) by Muso Soseki (1275 – 1351) in Sun at Midnight: Poems and Sermons, translated by W. S. Merwin; found at


3 responses »

  1. lol you quick healer you… welcome back! i like this poem a lot. thanks. xx

  2. Welcome back, Peter

  3. I really like this poem, to show that always focusing on the sky above can lead me to miss the dirt and rocks under my feet. Thanks for sharing this.


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