‘The Ten Ox-Herding Songs’

7. The Ox Forgotten, the Boy Remains: Back home, the ox is no longer seen. The red sun is bright in the sky; the boy sits serenely, his whip and rope also forgotten. Verse: Riding on the ox,
he has come home.
There is no ox there,
and he is at ease.
Although the sun is high,
he is still dreamy.
The whip and rope abandoned
in the thatched hut.
—Trans. Gen Sakamoto

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