Hojoki by Kamo no Chomei

Hojoki

“In this time,
my best intentions foiled,
I came to understand
my hopeless luck.

Therefore,
in my fiftieth spring
I retired from the world.”

“Then in winter–
snow!
It settles
just like human sin
and melts,
in atonement.”

“The hermit crab prefers a tiny shell
aware of its needs.

Ospreys live by the rocky coast
fearing the world of man.

And so with me.
I know my needs
and know the world.

I wish for nothing
and do not work
to acquire things.
Quiet is my only wish,
to be free from worry
happiness enough.”

some of my favorite stanzas in the Hojoki

 

 

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