Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

You Stop To Point At The Moon In The Sky


You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
but the finger's blind unless the moon is shining.

One moon, one careless finger pointing --
are these two things or one?

The question is a pointer guiding
a novice from ignorance thick as fog.

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls:
No moon, no finger -- nothing there at all.

Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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