꽃의 고요 (Flower’s Silence)

By | 6 August 2011

As the wind rose then fell, plum blossom petals
finally fell like snow.
When the wind changed,
the blossoms would be swept toward the mud wall
sunk in thought with its stones exposed
‘Why is the sound of petals falling so silent?’
The question the Buddha asked when he met petals with his shoulder, Jesus answered:
‘Surely silence too is one of the set of sounds?
Do you want blossoms to weep while falling
or do you want them to laugh noisily while falling?’
‘They may sing as they fall . . . .’
‘In fact, they are singing.’
The Buddha, who had listened without a word, murmured:
‘Hmm, that’s not a refrain!’

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