in place of morn’ dew

regrets as I may,

even the bell

has a different sound now,

and soon frost will fall

in place of morning dew

~Saigyo (B. Watson, Poems of a Mountain Home)


thursday’s special: vision

Vision:  Unable to see things clearly unless they are relatively close to the eyes, owing to the focusing of rays of light by the eye at a point in front of the retina; myopic


The Six Blind Men & the Elephant, a famous Hindu fable that tells the story of six blind sojourners that come across different parts of an elephant. In turn, each blind man creates his own version of reality from that limited experience and perspective. The video below is a illustrated version sharing an aged truth about our human condition and the relation between relative and absolute truth.

Jump on over to Lost in Translation to join this week’s Thursday’s Special.

we saw you off…

We saw you off,

and returning through the fields

I thought the morning dew

had wet my sleeve,

but it was tears. ~Saigyo (Poems of a Mountain Home)


wpc: transient

this rain

a greeting card from heaven

midsummer heat.

~Issa (

What are the various conditions—past and present, known and unknown—that come together to create raindrops? Scientists have suggested that the interactions between water vapor, dust particles, and wind turbulence within clouds create millimeter-sized droplets which are heavy enough to begin their descent towards earth. And in the process of falling, the droplets accumulate more and more moisture, becoming the raindrops we see on the ground.


This scientific explanation of how raindrops form invites contemplation of the prior conditions that create vapor, dust, and wind. Each of these transient phenomenon is a telling of the ongoing weaving and unweaving of interconnected threads creating the various phenomena we experience within each given moment.

This weaving and unweaving of threads is noted by Thich Nhat Hanh, “This is, because that is. This is not, because that is not. This is born, because that is born. This dies, because that dies.”

gifts from heaven

The cloud-covered sky

is all open.

The heart of takuhatsu*

as it is –

a gift from heaven.

~Ryokan (Sky Above Great Wind, K Tanahashi)


*takuhatsu – alms-begging.  Ryokan relied only on the fruits of takahassu for his food and substance.