SANSHO MEETS A STUDENT                               鐵笛倒吹 十二

One goes to the gate
to welcome the new student
and with a broad smile
turns his back
in silence, offering nothing.
Another will not leave
the Zendo, sitting in stillness
at the sound
of the bell at the gate
and offers silent
teaching and compassion.

Are Sansho and Koke
two or merely one?
How can you tell?


ZENGEN’S PAPER SCREEN                                         鐵笛倒吹 十三

If Zengen sits
behind a paper screen
will you enter
and what will you say.

Do not look surprised
for he has been there
merely a second
and from time before time.

If he picks up his bow
flee quickly
for his aim rarely
misses his mark.