The Bashō Story

      by Cid Corman


He was just saying

he’d spent his whole life

trying to explain


what Zen is when he

was far from sure he

knew—when asked—How then


can you explain it?

Answered—do I have

to explain this too?



From Where Were We Now: Essays & Postscriptum, Seattle: Broken Moon Press, 1991, p. 83.