THE MONK'S POETRY
is the gong? The drum is here!
some very far region to this sphere,
is gong & drumís donnybrook whoopee,
a monk is seen at the foot of the tree.
few days sheís thought me to be cracked
aimlessly under certain inner impact.
no! my dear, that very rhyme of glee
a rose Iíve adoringly offered you for free.
heartily bestow on you a very fond smile
an opened-mouth or moved-lipsí style.
closed, I sit musing for imagination to grow;
there are no lyrics in this musical solo.
moktak sounds accompany the bell sounds;
pervade the firmament without bounds;
bright star shining lustrously the night sky
peaceful light all over far and high.
within my heart,
the God reigning in paradise smart;
everything on earth seems so mild,
Because the whole world has just smiled.
Translation by Thanh-Thanh