By Beata Grant
A pattern poem for this lovely collection:
The series of seasons clearly pushes forward,
without warning i'm startled through the finishing of the year.
Lifting my eyes I trap sight of the wintry weather crows,
Calling mournfully as though desirous to complain.
the daylight is chilly instead of gentle,
Spreading over the 4 corners like a cloud.
a chilly wind blows fitfully in from the north,
Its unhappy whistling filling courtyards and houses.
Head raised, I gaze towards Spring,
yet Spring can pay no awareness to me at all.
Time a galloping colt glimpsed via a crack,
the faucet [of demise] on the door has its predestined time.
How may still I no longer recognize, one that has left the world,
And for whom floating clouds are already familiar?
within the backyard there grows a rosary-plum tree:
Whose sworn friendship makes it attainable to endure.
- Chan grasp Jingnuo
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Daughters of Emptiness: Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns by Beata Grant