Friday, April 18, 2008

waka of budouadana: kings

As a blazing torch
Held high in a darkened passage
Shows all the right way,
So is the enlightened man,
Creative, forceful, and bold.
As a still river
Digs deep into the landscape,
A man of wisdom learns
The heart and its secret ways,
Salving hot pain with cool balm.
The eloquent man
Understands the airy world
Of idealized forms,
Can explain to anyone
The complex with plain logic.
The practical man
Is deeply rooted in earth’s
Fruitful abundance,
Knowing the secrets of growth
And setting paths to his goals.

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