Broad Daylight

(on not understanding, which is Zen)


Out of all this world
take this forest.

Out of all the forest
take this tree.

Out of all the tree
take this branch.

Out of all the branch
take this leaf.

And on this leaf
that is like no other

observe this drop of rain
that is like no other.

And in this single drop
observe the reflection

of leaves and branches
of the entire tree,

of the forest,
of all the world,

the light of stars
in the light of day.

James Kirkup

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