There’s a moon in my body…
There’s a moon in my body,
but I can’t see it!
A moon and a sun.
A drum never touched by hands,
beating, and I can’t hear it!
As long as a human being worries about when he will die,
and what he has that is his,
all of his works are zero.
When affection for the I-creature
and what it owns is dead,
then the work of the Teacher is over.
The purpose of labor is to learn;
when you know it, the labor is over.
The apple blossom exists to create fruit; when that
comes, the petal falls.
The musk is inside the deer,
but the deer does not
look for it:
it wanders around looking for grass.
Translated by Robert Bly