Moonlight, reflected
       In dewdrops.
       Shaken from a crane’s bill.

How divinely dignified
It stands there!

Every hair-tip encompasses oceans of past, present and future.

At this moment what more need we seek?

dropping off eternity, picking up time;

Letting go of passion, aggression, and confusion:

Without an obstacle in sight,

Like the little stream
Making its way
Through the mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
Turn clear and transparent

(Ogden)                                             cento poetry

(Ryokwon)                                                  taking lines of poetry

(The Flower of Adornment Sutra)           from others to make

(Hakuin Ekaku Zenji)                                                    one poem.            

(Michael P. Garofalo)                                                         …here

(Dhammapada)                                                I used lines from

(Joho)                                                                          some of my

(Ryokwon)                                                    favorite zen poems


Cento Poetry

From the Latin word for “patchwork,” the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets. Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources.

 (however I used the entire poem in the begining and end)