Jay Mandeville Poems
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)
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,