The Best Season

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn

By Wu Men (Hui-k’ai)
(1183 – 1260)

English version by Stephen Mitchell

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

Image from Ian MacQuarrie

Thank you to Ivan at Poetry Chaikhana for his on-going offerings. I am continually enriched.

Image from Ian McQuarrie , a friend on and off Facebook.

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11 Responses to The Best Season

  1. Janice says:

    I love the moon in autumn and it is full tonight. I hope it is not so cloudy that we can’t see it.
    Great photo!

    • Deb Reynolds says:

      Me too …. love the moon in autumn, that is. Thanks for the reminder about it being full tonight. Someone, somewhere will enjoy it….. looks like rain here for the next few days.

  2. Margaret says:

    Thank you for posting this poem, Deb. It’s a beautiful reminder of the importance of living in the moment.

  3. Jovanna says:

    This is so beautiful…. I feel so whole when I notice the preciousness of now. Thank you for the reminder.

  4. Love it. Thank you! This to me, is the essence of going with the flow (too).

  5. Janice says:

    What an incredible line…no surprise that it comes from John O”Donohue. I need to pass that on to my sister today. Her very good friend died on Wed. she was from Ireland and she was a beautiful example of how to live a life like a river flowing. She was carried by the surprise of it’s unfolding and she flowed down that river so gracefully and beautifully with all of it’s twists and turns. Her name was Jacinta and she was truly beautiful.

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