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Three Versions of Ikkyu

Ikkyu Sojun

passion's red thread is infinite
like the earth always under me

nobody knows I'm a storm I'm
dawn on the mountain twilight on the town

stand tiptoe on the tip of a needle
like a grain of sand flashing in sunlight
Versions by Stephen Berg

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Excerpts from Crow With No Mouth: Ikkyu by Stephen Berg. Copyright © 1989 by Stephen Berg. Reprinted with the permission of Copper Canyon Press.


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