Sunday, January 23, 2022

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (51) 


WHEN YOU TOUCH

When you touch
what God touches
you come home
charged,
the old monk said.

~

A GARAGE SALE

A garage sale
is no place to be
talking Jesus,
the old monk
admonished them.

~

SOMETIMES LIGHT

Sometimes light
is light and
sometimes light
just is,
the old monk said.

~

IF THE UNIVERSE

If the universe
doesn't ever
come back together,
does that disprove
gravity,
the old monk wondered.

~

OKAY, SO I DON'T

Okay, so I don't
believe the universe

can throw itself out
farther than it can

pull itself back,
the old monk said.

~

IF YOU TAKE IT

If you take it
up the mountain,
take it down,
if you ever
go back down,
the old monk said.

~

THE BUSINESS

The business
of business
is money.

The business
of poetry
is not,

the old monk said.

~

THE ANIMAL

The animal you'll be
will come to you,
the old monk told
the shaman.

~

I CAN SAY

I can say things
you don't understand
and I can say things
I don't understand.
Can I say things
God will understand,
the old monk asked them.

~

THE ANGELS DON'T KNOW

The angels don't know the answers,
they only know the questions,
the old monk said.

~



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (112) 


I KNOW, I KNOW

I know, I know,
the old monk said,
if you invite them in
you can't say stop
when they come.

~

IF IT'S THE ONLY

If it's the only
deal you can make
you're dealing
with the devil,
the old monk said.

~

POURING THE WINE

Pouring the wine
the old monk said,

I'd give you more
but I see how

much you spill.

~



Saturday, January 22, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (112) 


YOU MAKE THE BEST

You make the best
kind of deal while

they're still taking
down the tent,

the old monk said.

~

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO

Sometimes you have to
play dead
from the beginning

and they call that
acting,
the old monk said.

~

IT'S NOT THAT

It's not that
it's wisdom,

it's that it sounds
like wisdom,

the old monk said.

~



Friday, January 21, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (111) 


SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T

Sometimes you can't
get far enough

away to see it,
the old monk said.

~

IT IS MORE

It is more
than I want to see,

the eye of God,
looking,

the old monk said.

~

EVERYTHING HE SAYS

Everything he says
means what he says
and also means more,
they said about
the old monk.

~



Thursday, January 20, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (110) 


I DON'T RESENT

I don't resent you,
the old monk told his students.
What else would I be doing?

~

WHAT

What
speaks to me

is silence,
the old monk said.

~

WE COULD PLAY

We could play this
kind of thing all night,

the old monk said
about the band.

We call it
hillbilly jazz.

~



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (109) 


THERE ARE AS MANY

There are as many shades
of gray as you need, to find

the one to fit your sadness,
the old monk said.

~

IT'S ALL THE SAME

It's all the same
even when it's different,
the old monk heard
his students complain.

~

SOMEWHERE

Somewhere
on the mountain is
somewhere,
the old monk promised.

~



Monday, January 17, 2022

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (108) 


IF YOU KEEP

If you keep driving like that
it's going to come around backwards,
the old monk warned the driver.

~

SIDEWAYS IS

Sideways is the way
coyote walks,
the old monk says.
Walk that way.

~

THAT NOISE

That noise you hear
waiting to fall

asleep? That's
the electricity

inside all of us,
the old monk said.

It's inside you.

~



Sunday, January 16, 2022

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (50) 

 
SOMEWHERE SOMEONE

Somewhere someone is
shaking dice and moving us
around the game board,
the old monk said.
We're just plastic tokens.

He didn't always believe this.

~

NO ONE WATCHES

No one watches
the old monk
the way he watches
himself.

~

SOMETIMES YOU DRIVE

Sometimes you drive in the ditch
because you have to

and live to tell the story,
the old monk said. He wasn't

just teaching driving school.

~

NOT EVERYTHING

Not everything that flies
wants to, the wind says.
The old monk agrees.

~

THAT'S A TRICK

That's a trick you can do
if you practice -- put it
behind your back and have it
come out your front,
the old monk said.

~

THE ISLAND OF THE WIDE SUNSET

The Island of the Wide Sunset –
that's where I want to live,
the old monk said, but
I can't afford a house.

~

HOW MANY TIMES

How many times
must I say it

before you get it,
the old monk asked

the fencepost. Yes,
he was making

fun of himself.

~

ARE YOU SURE

Are you sure
you will find it --

the other side
of sky,

the old monk asked
the master.

~

WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING

When they're looking through
your suitcase, sometimes it's
only your dirty underwear
they will find,
the old monk said.

~

IF EVERYTHING

If everything
would be
what everything
is, it would
be easier
to explain,
the old monk
assured them.

~



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (107) 


YOU KEEP BETTING

You keep betting
even at the end,

the old monk said,
and you keep thinking

you're still going to win.

~

WHATEVER IT IS

Whatever it is
you think you want,

what you need is to learn
to say thank you,

the old monk said.

~

THE STARS ARE

The stars are
already conspiring

to make the next
universe,

the old monk said.

~



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