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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)

Submitted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Edited: Thursday, July 26, 2012


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  • Diane Hine (7/27/2012 8:19:00 AM)

    We're just as trapped by the very hot weather as we are by the cold- close the curtains, don't let the sun in.
    Good poem.

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