[ by Charles Cameron — on filling the anxious void ]
Upper panel, below, saying of Saadi, from the Gulistan, presented by Idries Shah in The Way of the Sufi:
Lower panel, above, a haiku by the Zen monk Ryokan, from Stephen Mitchell, The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry.
Wikipedia tells the tale:
One evening a thief visited Ryokan’s hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryokan returned and caught him. “You have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon.”
Beautiful, the moon? A tautology, surely..