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Masahide (1657?-1723) Barn's burnt down

English version by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto





Barn's burnt down --
now
I can see the moon.




-- from Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter, Translated by Lucien Stryk / Translated by Takashi Ikemoto


Poetry Chaikhana | Masahide - Barn's burnt down

i  just read Job
now i read
Masahide
Job is longer.

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heliopausa
Oct. 9th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
"A man may surely be allowed to take a glass of wine by his own fireside." - Richard Sheridan, in 1809, responding to the astonishment of his friends at his calm, as he watched his theatre, primary source of his income, burning to the ground.
bobby1933
Oct. 9th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
elainegrey
Oct. 9th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
I like your poem.

I was reading Robert Alter's introduction to Job. He shares analysis that there's been some clumsy editing of the original Job poet. I don't know if i'll draw the same conclusions Amaebi drew, but i plan to read Job soonish.

However, i picked a "weed" today and i plan to "read" it -- looking carefully at it's tiny flower buds and making the effort to identify it -- first.

Hope you have a good weekend ahead of you.
bobby1933
Oct. 9th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you,

Yes to trees and stars,
and weeds and moons.
amaebi
Oct. 10th, 2015 10:47 am (UTC)
Was he talking primarily about the frame story and about the insertion of Eliphaz?

Oh, and you may well get a very different impression of HaShem than I do. Ha Shem is cryptic. I think it depends a good deal on what sort of god one wants.

Edited at 2015-10-10 10:48 am (UTC)
elainegrey
Oct. 17th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yes? Is Eliphaz = Elihu? Alter writes of Job's remembrance of his pre-tribulation life and then notes

"At this point, in the original text, the LORD would have spoken out from the whirlwind, but a lapse in judgment by an ancient editor postponed that brilliant consummation for six chapters in which the tedious Elihu is allowed to hold forth. "

amaebi
Oct. 18th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, there I was chuffing myself on remembering the name without a lookup, and got it wrong! :D Yes, yes, totally tedious Elihu. :)
amaebi
Oct. 10th, 2015 10:46 am (UTC)
I have always liked that first poem.
bobby1933
Oct. 11th, 2015 08:42 pm (UTC)
:)
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