Wu Chen's Scroll
"Clear Water Spring Breaking"

(c. 1300-1350 A.D.)

On stubby
bamboo poles
bridges jump
island to island

is a clean floor
levelled and set
among hills

On the far shore
pines split boulders
while Spring breaks out
tangly scrubs and flowers

layer over

Sailing by
in the middle distance
several men
together in a skiff

One stands, his legs tuned
to the current's bob
his steering pole
like a brush in his hand

Mountains hang above his head
All time one time
but never the same clear water
the same stream-steady meditation

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