In Praise of A Painting


 
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View of Lake Biwa from Hiezan, Kyoto

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In Praise of A Painting
        Ikkyu  1394-1481 

A summit temple
        on a solitary peak,
A small path of green moss
        runs to blue heavens.
In this tranquil spot
        why make a dog bark!
At midnight
        the moon drops
                on a single sampan.
 
Zàn Huàtú Xià Yījiǔlíng
Yīxiū 1394-1481

Gūfēng dǐngshàngsì mén qiān,
Xiǎolù qīngtái jìn bì tiān.
Jìng chù húwéi jiāo quǎnfèi,
Yuè chén bànyè yī péngchuán.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Ikkyu vicariously enjoys a brush painting of a mountain scene.

 
 
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