I have said enough about moonlight

A Zen poem by Ryonen

Jim Esch
2 min readOct 25, 2022

Ryo-Nen was a Zen nun living in the 17th century. I came across this poem by her in The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley, page 138:

Sixty-six times have these eyes beheld the changing scenes of Autumn.
I have said enough about moonlight,
Ask me no more.
Only listen to the voice of pines and cedars, when no wind stirs.

This poem hit me like a lightning strike. I haven’t hit 66 yet, but I can feel old age…