Ever find those poems that just so strongly resonate with you and your approach to life? This is one of those for me.
I am told I ask many questions. It is true; I do. It is how I make sense of the world.
Asking the Way
by Ko Un, translated by Suji Kwock Kim and Sunja Kim Kwock
You fools who ask what god is
should ask what life is instead.
Find a port where lemon trees bloom.
Ask about places to drink in the port.
Ask about the drinkers.
Ask about the lemon trees.
Ask and ask until nothing’s left to ask.
[I have my friend over at What Now to thank for posting this poem from the most recent issue of Poetry magazine.]
“By now I know the answer’s always in the question.” –Emily Ann Saliers