yama uba   Ikkyu’s play in English   page     13

Hag


[Singing]

As if you were in a pristine tribunal where you are the only judge.




Diva


[Singing]

Without hearing any arguments nor the sounds of beatings.




Hag


[Singing]

Go, go alone into the mountains far away from villages, and listen, listen to the music of a solitary bird singing or the echoes of a lumberjack axing a tree, and then you will feel the presence of the absolute silence surrounding you.




Diva


The mountains you see are there just to tell you that you are the absolute silence.




Hag


How infinitely doubtful you have been!

In fact, you are the deepest truth itself.




Diva


Heaven and Hell exist only in here. [Pointing at Valet’s head]




Hag


[Singing]

Mountains are there, villages are there, skies are there, and birds are there just to tell you, “Don’t worry”.

➾➾ Continued