November 09th, 2023

The joy of living in seclusion
Deepens as I grow older,
For a new poem is born
Wherever I turn my eyes.
Flowers that withstood the wind
Fall of their own accord;
Thin rain left by clouds
Has not yet cleared.

The frail butterfly over the fence
Has left the twig where it sat,
And the silken dove has flown
From the eave to sing in the woods.
To attain a vision transcending the here and now
Is not my concern:
What I see is much too clear,
As in a mirror

Yi Saek (1328-1396)