Wednesday, April 21, 2021

IN SOME LANGUAGE (41) 


In some language
the word for heaven
also means plum blossom.



Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THIS PLACE 


This place was
this place before

it had a name
and it will be

this place long
after we are

forgotten.



Monday, April 19, 2021

IN SOME LANGUAGE (40) 


In some language
the word for good-bye
also means
Baby, don't go.



Sunday, April 18, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (11) 


IF YOU DON'T

If you don't
know what it is,

the old monk says,
don't waste it.

~

HOW MUCH

How much can you endure,
the old monk asked them.

How pure is your heart?

~

AT THE THEATER

The old monk went
to the theater.

Why do you hang
around here,

they asked him.
He said: I don't want

to miss the feature.

~

WRESTLING

Wrestling the poem,
the old monk says,

I don't give up
until it does.

~

THE OLD MONK'S SERMON

Sometimes
what's most dear

we don't know
we have.

~

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS

Turn out the lights
before you're done,
the old monk said.

You'll see things
differently.

~

IF IT WORKS

If it works,
the old monk said,
keep working it
til it won't.

~

IF WHAT YOU WANT

If what you want
is nothing,
the old monk said,

that's something
you can get.

~

CROW GOES

Crow goes
where coyote can't.

Go with crow,
the old monk says.

~

ASKED ABOUT PREACHERS

Asked about preachers
the old monk said,

don't get me started.

~


IN SOME LANGUAGE (39) 


In some language
the word for rocking chair
also means wisdom.



Saturday, April 17, 2021

WE ARE 


We are nothing but
a darkness between the atoms

which hold us together.
That is to say,

we are the light
which consumes all things.



IN SOME LANGUAGE (38) 


In some language
the word for ten thousand
also means sparrows.




Friday, April 16, 2021

ALL THE UNIVERSE 


All the universe
but one bubble
in a swirling pot
beyond us. So much

more than we know,
those other places
we cannot reach.

All the life and death
and resurrection
of endless others,
we think it matters.

This universe, too,
this moment, matters,
until it doesn't.



IN SOME LANGUAGE (37) 


In some language
the word for wind
also means music.



Thursday, April 15, 2021

THIS TOO 


This too shall pass,
this day, this earth,
this universe,

a dust mote,
light and light's
disappearance.

The star we saw
last night, was it
there as we looked,

or was it only
its memory.



IN SOME LANGUAGE (36) 


In some language
the word for father
also means stranger.



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