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One narrow path surrounded by a dense forest;
On all sides, mountains lie in darkness.
The autumn leaves have already fallen.
No rain, but still the rocks are dark with moss.
Returning to my hermitage
Along a way known to few,
Carrying a basket of fresh mushrooms
And a jar of pure water from the temple well.

– Ryokan (1758-1831)

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