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sunday poem

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Feeling deeply appreciated and nourished by the comments to my previous post, I dip into The poetry of Zen* —

Whatever it is,
I cannot understand it,
although gratitude
stubbornly overcomes me
until I’m reduced to tears.

* by Saigyō Hōshi (西行 法師, 1118–1190) in Hamill, S., & Seaton, J. P. (2007). (trans.). Boston: Shambhala, p. 112. image: “Old Man Weeping” after Van Gogh by Gordon Christie when he was still a teenager.

in memoriam

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(Follow-up to post of January 7th).

On the other side of the Continent, at the Culinary Institute of America, the relatives, colleagues, and students of the late Brian Smith gather today to remember him. May his passing be a blessing to all. 

Deep in a ravine,
in a tree on the old farm,
a single dove sings
out, searching for a friend,
lonely voice in the evening.

          Saigyō Hōshi (1118-1190), Japanese poet; image: vintageprintable.com