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Po Chu-I - At home giving up home

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015043

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AT HOME GIVING UP HOME

There’s plenty of food and clothes. My children are married.
Now that I’m free and clear of all those duties to the family,

I fall asleep at night with the body of a bird reaching forests
and eat at dawn with the mind of a monk who begs for meals.

A scatter of crystalline voices calls: cranes beneath pines,
A single fleck of cold light burns: a lamp in among bamboo.

On a sitting cushion, I’m all ch'an stillness deep in the night.
A daughter calls, a wife hoots: no answer, no answer at all.

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Po Chu-I

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