Plum tree

The plum tree is
Plum to its roots,
Seeds and twigs,
Leaves and flowers and fruits,
Everything … plum.

(A Zen Harvest #99)

The translator of A Zen Harvest is Sōiku Shigematsu, a Japanese Zen priest, whose writings and translations were instrumental in spreading interest in Zen literary tradition to the West in the latter half of the 20th century.

Shigematsu, Sōiku [Shigematsu Sōiku]. 1988. A Zen Harvest : Japanese Zen Folk Sayings [Haiku. Dodoitsui and Waka] compiled and translated with an Introduction by Sōiku Shigematsu. San Francisco: North Point Press


2 thoughts on “Plum tree

  1. I like this poem. Formally speaking, it may or may not be very special; however, I really apprechiate the break in the last line: “Everything … plum”. I think the poem’s appeal lies in the fact that it expresses a good thought in simple form. What else could you wish for?

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