Karesansui, 枯れ山水 (March, 3月)

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{first verse}
Black veins of a leafless tree
Silhouette the cold blue sky
Shadow creeps slowly 'cross the melting snow at my feet
Marking time in black and white

Look - here comes that shabby traveller, he's weird but polite
He bows to me, then unloads his supplies
Comes here each year, sits by the tree, gets out his pipe
As as he starts to play I realise

First - pink - shows - breaking through the snow

{first chorus}
Temple garden: climb the hill to see
Temple garden: nice view of the sea for anyone who comes

{second verse}
I tend the trees and sweep the paths, done it since my husband died
The priests seem happy for me to lend a hand
I try to rake the rock garden too
I'm no good but it satisfies making patterns in the sand and stone

See - deep - sense - I have to laugh at my attempts but

{second chorus}
Karesansui: planets, rivers, hills
Karesansui: the pleasure it instills in everyone who comes

And on perfect evenings such as this one
Big red sun, misty ocean horizon
People climb up the hill, throw a coin into the box
And they sit and contemplate the stones and rocks
Salary man, Yankee girl, eighty or eighteen
People look and see meanings that I didn't mean to mean
Differences so unexpected are the very things by which we are all connected

They all leave and life goes on
And I wonder who will tend the garden when I'm gone


from Setsu | 節, released November 1, 2016
Track art credit: k_1016 by Takashi Tomooka via Flickr CC BY SA 2.0




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