no chair for sitting
no bear skin for warmth.
following a stream through cloud draped mountains
riding an ox-cart past turtles and dogs.
heading east in spring, west in autumn
general direction: the Yellow Springs.
evergreens singing at the foot of my bed
dreaming of peaches and roadside flowers.
a curtain of mist obscures the other shore
if only the moon had wings.
where did tea come from?
how did it get to you?
what was farmer's name?
did tea have good life on farm?
is tea well groomed?
does tea have pleasant aroma?
is taste just right?
how does tea work with mind?
weather man predicts big storm,
general predicts horrible war,
economist predicts bad recession,
guru predicts end of world,
zen master predicts nothing will happen,
man reads book about quantum physics. book explains Uncertainty Principle. man looks in box, sees Schrodinger's cat. man feeds cat and lets it out of box. "wave form is illusion!" cat says. "spooky action at a distance!" man says.
"The good painter learns from things, not from other painters. The good philosopher learns from his mind, not from some doctrine. The good poet learns from the panoply of images, not from writers of the past." Yuan Hung-tao