Wu Chen's Scroll
"Clear Water Spring Breaking"

(c. 1300-1350 A.D.)

On stubby
bamboo poles
bridges jump
island to island

Home
is a clean floor
levelled and set
among hills

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

Hill-clouds
upheave
layer over
layer

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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