Wood & Metal
Better to pay your tax than
have your head cut off.
The owls come flying on the
Settling on the trees about the college.
They strip the fruit from the mulberries.
And greet us with their songs.
That should wake up the
They will come with their tribute
Great tortoise-shells and ivory tusks
And all their precious metals.
Just as spring heralds the
coming of summer,
and the southern tribes brought tribute to the Emperor of
so you may need to give thanks for all the good things in life.
Offer to those who loves you,
to God and to the world,
your gratitude for life itself.