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, page 83.