There is true literature within each of us,
but it is often too scattered.
There is true music,
but it is often drowned in noise.
Only sweeping away externals,
can we find the essential.
Rinsing away the dust,
we find our true selves.
Marcus Antoninus, inspired by Hong Zicheng [Hung Ying-Ming] (~1580)
Freely interpreted and modified from verse 57, book I, in “Vegetable Root Discourse” (Caigentan), based on a translation by R. Aitken (Counterpoint, 2006).