ISAN’S TIME 鐵笛倒吹 十六

A cold day
how many other winters
can you remember,
how many future winters
can your mind grasp?

Can you hold yesterday
in the palm of your hand
can you wrap tomorrow
around your thumb?

Between the palms
in gassho
lies all life and being.

A reflection on case 16 of the Iron Flute Koans

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