RYOKAN: poem ‘You stop to point at the moon in the sky’

‘You stop to point at the moon in the sky’ – by Ryokan English version by Sam Hamill

You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
but the finger’s blind unless the moon is shining.

One moon, one careless finger pointing —
are these two things or one?

The question is a pointer guiding
a novice from ignorance thick as fog.

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls:
No moon, no finger — nothing there at all.

— from The Poetry of Zen: (Shambhalla Library), Edited by Sam Hamill / Edited by J. P. Seaton

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Another version;

You stop to point at the moon in the sky,
But the finger is blind, unless the moon is shining.
One moon, one careless finger pointing, Are these two things or one?
Look deeper, the mystery calls and calls,
No moon, no finger, Nothing there at all.

(Ryokan 1758-1831)