Only the white clouds are moving, my heart returns to primal peace. Transcendentally, beyond success and failure, I sit alone to watch deserted hills.
Translation of the poem by Jonathan Chaves, in Stephen Addiss: Old Taoist, p. 94. – This poem was published in “Poems from the Quiet Place Mountain Studio” (Seisho sanbo shu), 1912: “A collection of kanshi that established him as one of the leading masters of the day. As his verses make clear, Kodojin was confident about the ideals of his life, wehter or not he was understood by others.”
With a certificate written on the lid of the wooden box issued by Teranishi Chogaku (1889-1948), a monk of Chion-in temple and scholar of Buddhist studies.
Fukuda Kodojin (1865-1944)
Ink and color on paper
97.9 x 22.2 cm (38 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.)
Mounting: 173 x 33.5 cm (68 x 13 in.)
Certificate box by Teranishi Chogaku