Every Step I Take is My Home

Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
Without looking for the traces I may have left;
A cuckoo's song beckons me to return home;
Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
Who has told me to turn back;
But do not ask me where I am going,
As I travel in this limitless world,
Where every step I take is my home.

~ Dogen Zenji


See also: "Wandering Clouds: The Poets of Ch'an Buddhism," by Andrew SchellingTricycle Magazine, Winter 1998