Wednesday, June 29, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (237) 


THE TIME TO MAKE

The time to make the judgment
is not after it's over,
the old monk told the referees.

~

THE OLD MONK HAD

The old monk had a master
who thought he'd never get it.
His students know that.

~

THE DISAPPOINTMENT

The disappointment
is not in your wanting,
the old monk said.
It comes later.

~



Tuesday, June 28, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (236) 


LOOK ABOUT

Look about --
there are poems

on the mountain,
the old monk said.

~

GOING TO SLEEP

Going to sleep is like
turning off the stars,

the old monk thought
as he went good-night,

or like turning them on.

~

ANYONE WHO

Anyone who wants to
can learn to do it

except for the part
about how to get down --

that takes practice,
the old monk said.

~



Monday, June 27, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (235) 


HOW SLOW

How slow is fast
when you want to,
the old monk asked.

~

THESE THINGS

These things I teach,
my father knew

but didn't say,
the old monk said.

~

ACCEPTING DEATH

Accepting death
you trust the stars,
the old monk said.

~



Sunday, June 26, 2022

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (73) 


THE OLD MONK / TALKS

The old monk
talks like a farmer
but without
the wisdom,
the master said.

~

THE FARTHER YOU GO

The farther you go
the light stays longer,
almost until midnight,
the old monk said.

~

IF HE WANTS TO

If he wants to, he will,
the old monk said about the hermit,
to his students. Now,
don't be betting on it.

~

ISN'T YOUR UNHAPPINESS

Isn't your unhappiness
the last thing you want to give,
the old monk asked his students.

~

TIME'S UP

Time's up when we
run out of clocks,
the old monk told
his students.

~

IT'S A SLIPPERY

It's a slippery thing
and you've got to hold on,
getting a line of poetry,
the old monk said.

~

IF HE'S AN IRISH MONK

If he's an Irish monk
wouldn't he talk with a brogue,
his students asked his master.

~

ISN'T GRAVITY

Isn't gravity
like time trying
to hold the light,
the old monk asked
the physicist.

~

THINK OF IT LIKE

Think of it like
a piece of paper
with everything
printed on it,
the universe,
the old monk said.

~

YOU CAN'T UNDO

You can't undo
what you've not done,
the old monk said.

~



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (234) 


CALCED OR

Calced or
discalced,

the mountain
doesn't care,

the old monk said.

~

THE STARS DON'T

The stars don't know
about death

until they go
up against it,

the old monk said.

~

EVEN AFTER

Even after
the lights go off,

the lights go on
down the hall,

the old monk
noticed.

~



Thursday, June 23, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (233) 


YOU DON'T GET

You don't get
dressed up for

falling down
the mountain,

the old monk says.

~

YOU BELIEVE

You believe
you believe

but do you,
the old monk asked.

~

I'VE GOT NOTHING

I've got nothing
to do but sing
of sorrow

and preach,
the old monk
admitted.

~



Wednesday, June 22, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (232) 


IF A DOOR

If a door swings open,
at least look in,
the old monk said.

~

TO COUNT IS

To count is why
you have ten fingers,
the old monk said.
That's basic arithmetic,

~

FLOWERS ARE

Flowers are
all about

sex,
the old monk

said. Think
about that,

the beauty
of it.

~



Monday, June 20, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (231) 


YOU DON'T KNOW

You don't know you don't know,
and that makes you dangerous,
the old monk told his students.

~

THE EYES ARE

The eyes are one
way of seeing,
the old monk said.

~

THE WAY

The way is
the path you take

when no one's
looking,

the old monk said.

~



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