Sunday, September 25, 2022

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (86) 


SOMETIMES YOU SPLIT IT

Sometimes you split it
and they don't know
how much goes with
which part, but it keeps
the professors in business,
the old monk told
the poet.

~

I TELL MYSELF

I tell myself
the world's story
to understand it,
the old monk said.

~

SOME DAYS WE GET FAT

Some days we get faty
and some days we go lean --
it's up and down
on the mountain,
the old monk said.

~

A DARK SKY

A dark sky
marked with stars.
In the old pine
the spirits
are talking,
the old monk
reported.

~

JUST THROW THEM

Just throw them
anywhere.
No one cares
til it's time to
pick them up,
the old monk said.

~

PROMISING

Promising
to make no
promises --
how does that
work,
the old monk
wondered.

~

WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW

When you don't know
the question,
anyone can see you
an answer,
the old monk said.

~

IF YOU MAKE ENOUGH

If you make enough
predictions,
some of them
will happen,
the old monk said.

~

THIRD ON A MATCH

Third on a match,
third past the rattlesnake --
you want to be
first or second,
the old monk said.

~

SOME OF THE THINGS

Some of the things you say
have your father's accent,
the master told the old monk.

~



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (320) 


THE WIND IS

The wind is a warning,
the old monk said.

~

YOU KNOW WHEN

You know when sadness
lays down beside you

it's going to be a long night,
the old monk said.

You just know.

~

THE MASKED BANDIT

The masked bandit
doesn't spread Covid
when he takes your money,
the old monk said.

~



IN THE NEWS 


Kindness
is less expensive
than hate,
the old monk said.



Friday, September 23, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (319) 

 THREE OLD MONK POEMS (319)

TONIGHT THE STARS

Tonight the stars
are telling stories

about their childhood,
the old monk said.

O, such stories.

~

IT WAS IOWA

It was Iowa.
It was dark.

The stars knew
their business,

the old monk said
about his vacation.

~

YOU ENJOY

You enjoy
anything

when you have
nothing.

You enjoy
nothing

when you have
everything,

the old monk said.
That's just

the way we are.

~



Thursday, September 22, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (318) 


ALL YOU HAVE

All you have left
when you're done

is nothing --
that's when you

start over,
the old monk said

about re-incarnation.

~

IF SHE HAS

If she has time to
put her dress on straight

before she has to go,
maybe she shouldn't,

the old monk said
with a wink.

~

WHAT I SAY

What I say
I say to say,

the old monk said.
I don't expect you

to believe it.

~



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (317) 

 
THE STARS DON'T

The stars don't have to
understand the numbers,
the old monk said.
They're blessed that way.

~

ALL THINGS

All things line up
in one direction

or they don't,
the old monk says.

You get one life
or the other.

~

YOU COULD OFFER

You could offer
more but it's not

money he wants,
the old monk said

about the hermit.

~



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (316) 

 
SOMETIMES THE ROAD

Sometimes the road
turns before
you want to --

you have to
be ready,
the old monk said.

~

WE COULD TAKE

We could take him
to the library

but it wouldn't
make him wiser,

they said about
the old monk.

~

EVERY NIGHT

Every night
an hour or two

of peace and quiet
might make you

half a saint,
the old monk said.

~



IN THE NEWS 


If you keep bending us, Lord,
we're going to break,
the old monk said. Please.



Monday, September 19, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (315) 


IT'S WISDOM

It's wisdom
til you weigh it,

the old monk said
about his lectures.

~

YOU CAN'T GET

You can't get to heaven
if you can't laugh,
the old monk said.

~

DON'T THINK

Don't think
that thinking

about it
is ever

enough,
the old monk said.

~



IN THE NEWS 


There are no words for
what there is no words for,
the old monk said.



Sunday, September 18, 2022

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (85) 


IF THE TRICKS

If the tricks
don't fool them,
you'd better be
funny,
the old monk said.

~

FUNNY

Funny
is a business
and it's a
funny business,
the comedian
told the old monk.

~

THEY WANT US

They want us
to be funny
and then they'll
pay us,
the old monk
told the band.

~

SOMETIMES YOU'RE

Sometimes you're
74
before
you realize
you've always been
an old man,
the old monk said.
Sometimes you're
85.

~

I GET AROUND

I get around well enough
for a man with limited prospects,
the old monk admitted.

~

IN A POEM

In a poem
something has to

rhyme. It doesn't
always have to

be the words,
the old monk said.

~

TAKE OFF EVERYTHING

Take off everything --
pretty soon you'll see
what you are,
the old monk said.

~

WHAT DOES THE WORLD

What does the world
slap you with?
That's what you're
supposed to pursue,
the old monk said.

~

I HAVE WORKED SO HARD

I have worked so hard
to say so little --
I wonder why,
the old monk said.

~

SOMETIMES SADNESS

Sometimes sadness
is like straw
out the back
of the thresher,
even as it
shines in the sun,
the old monk said.

~



IN THE NEWS 


Save some for later
is a rich man's privilege,
the old monk said.



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (314) 


THOSE THREE

Those three,
the old monk said,

you can't break them
into pairs.

~

IS THIS WHAT

Is this what I want to do,
to teach you,

the old monk asked,

or shall I have
a bowl of ice cream?

~

I WANT

I want the one
that wants the other,
the old monk said.

~



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