Sunday, February 10, 2019


This Life

Poem attributed to Ikkyū Sōjun (1394-1481), tr. Adam L. Kern:
this life —
eating, shitting,
sleeping, rising
and after that
The same, tr. Evgeny Steiner, with his note:
In this world
We slop, we shit,
We sleep, we rise.
So we live.
What then? We die.57

57 This is an accurate translation of the Japanese original, in which Ikkyū uses some rather crude expressions (kuu — to slop or gobble, etc.)

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