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


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(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

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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)

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