Jay Mandeville

Rookie - 0 Points (February 16 / Kansas City, Missouri USA)

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Hot Weather, A Zen Poem

Enduring hot weather
is like avoiding a visitor's call:
stay hidden beneath
Infinity's shade, keep quiet and still.

Chase off the sun under Wu-t'ung trees -
a meandering stream will unfasten the breeze.

And if, like the heat, someone shows up and stays

they too might be hiding, knowing yours is the place.


- adapted from Yuan Mei (1716-1798)

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The Beautiful Idea

One Spring day Samuel Pepys (1633-
1703) goes for a rambling country stroll,
walking through fields until,
as he later writes,
'the beautiful idea within
the dew' comes to him,
because he encounters
neighbors purposely washing
their faces in it,

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