Sunday, September 19, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (33) 


YOU'LL GO

You'll go
nowhere fast

if you listen
to me,

the old monk told
his students.

~

LIFE AND

Life and death --
from suddenly

to suddenly not,
the old monk says.

~

IF YOU ARE

If you are broken
when you go,

see what you can
break coming back,

the old monk said.

~

DON'T THINK

Don't think you know
the ending before you've

got the whole story,
the old monk says.

~

IT'S / THE TRUTH

It's
the truth

if
it is,

the old
monk says.

~

THE SILENCE PUSHES

The silence pushes us
as if we fall

in and out of existence,
the old monk says.

~

YOU CAN DIVIDE

You can divide them
how you want --

they will still
run together,

the old monk said.

~

YOU CAN WALK

You can walk off the mountain
but you can't walk far,
the old monk told his students.

~

WHO

Who
wants to do

what
the owl does,

the old monk asked.

~



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (11) 


I HAVE A CAT

I have a cat,
the old monk said.
She inspires me.

I call her
my mews.

~

YOU THINK I COULD

You think I could
keep walking around

acting like this if
I were holy,

the old monk said.
Don't be silly.

~

WHY DO I OFFER

Why do I offer
this inferior
cup of wine?

It's what I have,
the old monk said.

~



Saturday, September 18, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (10) 


I'LL STAY

I'll stay
as long as
the world

remains quiet,
the old monk
promised.

~

THEN THE SILENCE

Then the silence
then the silence
then the silence
the old monk said,
pounding the beat.

~

HOW FAR

How far
into the room
can you go

before
you're out
of room,

the old monk
wondered.

~



Thursday, September 16, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (9) 


WHAT DO FIREFLIES

What do fireflies know
that crickets don't,
the old monk wondered.
They both know summer.

~

YOU KNEW

You knew who I was
when you opened the gate,
the old monk said
to his disappointed host.

~

WHEN YOU FEEL

When you feel
the earth tremble,
the old monk says,

that is the mountain's
final message.

~




Wednesday, September 15, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (8) 


I'VE WAITED SO LONG

I've waited so long
to say these things,
the old monk said,

that now they don't
make much sense.

~

I CAN STAY

I can stay here
until the wind
settles down,

the old monk said.
There is no hurry.

~

THEY DO NOT

They do not
go quiet,

the cicadas,
the old monk said.

That is their
nature -- to sleep

and then to wake
and keep working.

~



Tuesday, September 14, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (7) 


BE CAREFUL

Be careful
what you promise
the day,

the old monk says,

the darkness
will hold you
to it.

~

WHEN WE GO

When we go up
the mountain, some

of us know what
the mountain means,

the old monk says,
and some of us just

go up the mountain.

~

HALF WHAT I SAY

Half what I say
is the word of God,
the old monk says,

and half is
just nonsense.

~


Sunday, September 12, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (32) 


I'D DO IT

I'd do it again
and show you,
the old monk said,

but I'm getting
too old for that.

~

CATS ARE

Cats are aliens,
the old monk said,
and they're here
to save us.

~

WHERE THE HEAVINESS

Where the heaviness is
is where you're dying,
the old monk says.

~

YOU CAN PULL

You can pull it,
the old monk said,

but be careful not
to pull it off.

~

THE OLD MONK SAID:

It is what
all those angels

said it would be --
eternity.

~

YOU CAN'T DRAW

You can't draw the far line
at the closest distance,
the old monk said,
unless you're Escher.

~

IS IT FAIR

Is it fair,
the old monk asked,

that the wind carries
some of us?

~

SEE

See,
the old monk said,
you wait:

something
finds you.

~

HOW BIG

How big does
the world
need to be,
the old monk asked,
to get your
attention?

~

AT THE END

They all thought they could fly,
the old monk said,
and some of them did.

~


Wednesday, September 08, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (6) 


WHAT DO I OFFER

What do I offer
when the candle sputters?
the old monk said.

More wine and
a blanket.

~

I WRITE

I write
so I can
remember

what I wrote,
the old monk
says.

~

ALL THESE YEARS

All these years
and it comes to this,
the old monk said.
What a disappointment.

~



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