Ocean of Dharma

Tibetan Pilgrim

On the right, a mountain with juniper trees—
at its foot a farmhouse topped with white prayer flags—
is like a minister on a tigerskin seat.

On the left, a mountain covered with tamarisk trees—
at its foot a farm filled with beautiful green wheat and barley—
is like a queen on a silken throne.

Straight ahead, a rocky mountain rises above a monastery
with glittering gold roofs like a king on a throne of gold.

An old pilgrim feasts his eyes on the richness of some merchant’s camp,
and patiently continues towards Lhasa.

From Timely Rain, page 4

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