of windows and fluttering curtains
wonderful!but i see a traveler there, there is always a traveler, isn't it? ;-)
ah, but i didn't see him as a traveler for it is Nicherin himself, perhaps between sessions out looking for signs of others
yes, it is Nicherin, but Ryokan is sitting inside by the window imagining a myriad paths without a single traveler (of course he meditates, he doesn't look outside, the snow is just a distant sound to him, just as the world is :-)in most cases the window is only viewed or expressed in visual terms, or visual and auditive, yet here it is purely auditive, the only vision expressed is the inward one.
there you go. that should satisfy your literal mind.
hahahayes, it is perfect!besides, that circle could be the frame of the window (my literal mind can accept at least that :-)
i added a few pictures which could also illustrate this wonderful verse.
and fine photos they are.