A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

Full moon over Finchley…

I chanced upon a news item this morning, that listed ‘the most and least burgled postcodes in Britain’ and lo-and-behold, discovered my own postcode area is the most burgled in London ;). It immediately brought to mind this tale about the Zen Buddhist Monk, Ryōkan (1758–1831).

One evening a thief visited Ryōkan’s hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryōkan returned and caught him. “You have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryōkan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon.” This story may be an interpretation of an account mentioned by Ryōkan in a haiku:

The thief
Left it behind-
The moon at the window.

(source: Wikipedia)

So, what else could I do, but upload a couple of photos that I took this evening of a full moon over Finchley ;).

Moon beyond lamplit branches..

Moon beyond lamplit branches..

Moon among clouds...

Moon among clouds…


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