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Perceptions

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kanji

Everything exists according to its own nature. Our individual perceptions of worth, correctness, beauty, size, and value exist inside our heads, not outside them.

On the leafless branch
Perched a crow:
An autumn eve.
                                             — Basho

Another timeless moment for us to savor and incorporate into our very nerve cells.

All creatures! They squirm about among The flowers in bloom.
                                               — Issa

Flowers bloom calmly. Human beings squirm restlessly. Well-they bloom; we squirm. That's all, Issa says.

A frog!
Quietly and serenely
He gazes at the mountains
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Issa is actually having a little fun at the expense of a frog and of a presumably somewhat overly "mystical" Chinese poet. And at our expense—if we take our sitting quietly too seriously. Squirming is part of our nature, too.