Tuesday, March 17, 2020

One Man's Maple Moon: Zen Farmer Tanka by Sanford Goldstein

English Original

on the way up
to the mountain hut
the Zen farmer
crushes
a tangerine pest

At the Hut of the Small Mind, 1992

Sanford Goldstein

 

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

攀登小路
到山間小屋
一名禪宗農民
踩碎了
一隻橘子害蟲

Chinese Translation (Simplified)


攀登小路
到山间小屋
一名禅宗农民
踩碎了
一只橘子害虫 


Bio Sketch

Sanford Goldstein has been publishing tanka for more than fifty years.  He was born in l925 and is now 95 years old.  Long ago, he wrote haiku, but decided to focus on tanka. His latest books, three in the last two years, have each said this would be his last.

2 comments:

  1. Sanford's tanka effectively builds, poetic phrase/line by poetic phrase/line, to an unexpected yet thematically provocative, and intellectually and emotionally challenging ending: brutally ending a life/killing by the "Zen" farmer.

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    1. Another reading of this "Zen" farmer tanka: treating this tanka as a koan (a paradoxical anecdote or riddle).

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