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Thursday, January 16, 2014


Another year lingers to an end;
Heaven sends a bitter frost.
Fallen leaves cover the mountains
And there are no travelers to cast shadows on the path.
Endless night: dried leaves burn slowly on the hearth.
Occasionally, the sound of freezing rain.
Dizzy, I try to recall the past -
Nothing here but dreams.

~ Ryokan (From 'One Robe, One Bowl', translated by John Stevens.)

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