Chop wood, carry water, sing;
all about the same, I think.
Every word, blow, or step the same, I think.
Perhaps I should think less but carry wood
or chop water feel the same
to me, feel like my song.
The pen shall be at once axe or bucket;
the words written in cuts upon the logs
shall leak music.
As for splitting chunks
(looking at the grain and picking your spot)
or pouring the water out when you get there
(careful not to slop too much over), which of those
is not also worth a song?
Sing, then. Do not speak of singing.
Carry water, and sing; chop wood, and sing;
don’t stop to talk of these things.