Sunday, August 01, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (26) 


MOON IS TO

Moon is to
moonlight as

paper is to
poem,

the old monk said.

~

HOW FAR

How far can you go
before you lose
the mountain,
before the mountain
loses you,
the old monk wondered.

~

WHAT SOMEONE OFFERS

What someone offers you
is not what they're offering,
the old monk says.

~

WHAT IS THAT WAY

What is that way
seems that way,
the old monk says.
It can't be otherwise.

~

HURRY

Hurry
and you fall
farther behind,
the old monk says.

~

IF I COULD

If I could play
basketball,
do you think
I'd be a monk,
the old monk
asked them.

~

HALF A DOZEN

Half a dozen
is a long way
to saying six,
the old monk says.

~

IF YOU KEEP

If you keep
listening,

the old monk said,
you will figure

it out, the
silence.

~

THE QUESTION IS

The question is,
the old monk says,

how much do you
have to want

before you have
enough?

~



IN SOME LANGUAGE (61) 


In some language
the word for bucket
also means emptiness.



Friday, July 30, 2021

GIVE 


Give the autumn
leaves to what
the wind allows.



Wednesday, July 28, 2021

SWAYBACK 


Swayback barn,
the darkness inside.

The wood thinks
of the earth.

The trees there
think of the wind.



Tuesday, July 27, 2021

OLD MAN 


Old man headed west.
The world keeps turning.



Monday, July 26, 2021

IN SOME LANGUAGE (60) 


In some language
the word for yes
also means
on my mother's grave.



Sunday, July 25, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (25) 


YOU WAIT

You wait long enough,
the wind comes again,
the old monk says.
That's patience.

~

WHAT LETS YOU

What lets you
fall so far

down is what
lifts you up,

the old monk
promised.

~

IF YOU SPEND

If you spend your time
talking like a monk
people might think that
you are a monk,
the old monk said,
but he didn't mean
to sound like that.

~

THAT PARALLEL

That parallel
universe --
it's right here.
Touch it,
the old monk said.

~

AT SUCH A MOMENT

At such a moment
it all lets go,
the old monk says,
let go with it.

~

THE SHADOWS

The shadows that went
up the mountain
this morning are
coming down tonight,
the old monk said.

~

IF YOU COULD BE

If you could be
both and neither,
the old monk said,
you would be the one.

~

I KNOW IT

I know it,
the old monk said.
Sometimes I just
don't see it,
I don't say it.

~

THIS IS THE WAY

This is the way
it'll work,
the old monk said.
You show me
you can fly,
you can have
the job.

~

DON'T WRITE IT

Don't write it down
if you think it's
important,
the old monk said.
Live it.

~

I COULD GIVE YOU

I could give you
a good deal,
the old monk said,
but then you might
think you cheated.

~


Friday, July 23, 2021

ENOUGH MOON 


Enough moon
the pines will be speaking.



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