At the Nachi Kan’non Hall

At the Nachi Kan’non Hall

The Milky Way
pours waterfalls
over this human world
the cold
rushing tumbling sounds
echo through the blue sky
Veneration
to the Great Compassionate
Avilokiteshvara
How lucky I am
to have no trouble
hearing

by Muso Soseki
English version by W. S. Merwin
Original Language Japanese

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