IS THAT SO 沙石集 三

If you find an orphan
do you take him as your own.
Do you feed and shelter him
and offer him your name.
Does he sit at your side
in silent meditation.
Do you willingly accept
the scorn of your neighbors
for your bastard child?

If his mother later comes,
will you part with him
and call him by his new name.
If you yield him freely
to his parent, he may
forever walk
as your shadow.


Reflection on parable 3 of the Shaseki-shu (Sand and Pebbles)