Sunday, December 05, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (71) 


IN ALL THINGS

In all things
it's not
the putting it

to it
that does it,
but the moving

it about,
the old monk
explained.

~

DON'T TAKE

Don't take so much
you can't carry it,
the old monk said.
That's too much.

~

WHAT YOU LOSE

What you lose
at the crossroads

you won't make up
for with tips,

the old monk said.

~



Saturday, December 04, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (70) 


HOW MUCH

How much
does what

you can
do help

what you
can't do,

the old
monk asked.

~

NOT RIGHT NOW

Not right now
but soon,

the old monk said,
is patience.

~

GRACE WILL NOT

Grace will not
save us

when we love
sin so much,

the old monk
says, and we do

love sin.

~


Friday, December 03, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (69) 


ONLY A FEW

Only a few
should be enough,

the old monk said,
if you don't waste them.

~

SOMETIMES SILENCE

Sometimes silence
is the blessing,
the old monk said.

Sometimes it's
a friend's voice.

~

IF THERE ARE

If there are
no stars

in that
parallel

universe,
the old monk said,

what do they
wish upon?

~



Thursday, December 02, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (68) 


IT'S LIKE YOU'RE

It's like you're carrying
a heavy box, this holiness,
the old monk said.

~

HOW MUCH

How much does it
hurt to wait,
the old monk asked.

That's how much
you want it.

~

AND YOUR ANGELS

And your angels
shall gather round,

then together
you shall fly.

That's they way
the take you,

the old monk said.

~



Tuesday, November 30, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (67) 


SOMEONE WHO

Someone who says
you can't say it

will say it
sometime later,

the old monk said.

~

IF EVERYONE

If everyone
wants it,

no one shares,
the old monk said.

~

WHERE IT SHINES

Where it shines
is because

you touch it,
the old monk says.

~



Monday, November 29, 2021

THREE OLD MONK POEMS (66) 


WIDER AND WIDOW

Wider and widow
walked in a bar,
the old monk said.

That's how you
start a joke.

~

I'D LIKE TO

I'd like to copyright
what I'm going to say,
the old monk said,
but I can't write that fast.

~

THERE'S NO THERE

There's no there there
if there's no fire,
the old monk said.

~



Sunday, November 28, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (43) 


THE RAIN

The rain
lets itself go, yes,
the old monk said.

~

HOW MUCH DO YOU

How much do you
want to fly,

the wind asked
the old monk.

~

THIS IS NOT

This is not
the job I want,

it's the job I got,
so let's get

on with it,
the old monk said.

~

POEM WITH

"Poem with the First
Five Lines Ending
with T" -- would that
be a good title,
the old monk wondered.

~

WANTING / DOESN'T

Wanting
doesn't fly fast enough

to get you there,
the old monk told them.

~

IF YOU CAN

If you can learn it,
you can learn it again,

the hardest lesson,
the old monk says.

~

SOMETIMES / WORDS

Sometimes
words use each other

in interesting ways,
the old monk told the poet.

~

I WRITE

I write small and smaller
until there's nothing left to say,
the old monk admitted.

~

THE TASK

The task
is to accept

the task,
the old monk said.

~

HOW FAR UNTIL

How far until
I fall off

the mountain,
the old monk

always wonders.

~



THREE OLD MONK POEMS (65) 


YOUR BETTER SELF

Your better self--
he's the same size
but bigger,
the old monk says.

~

IF THEY KNOW

If they know what they want,
the old monk said,
how can you surprise them?

~

IF YOU DON'T

If you don't
like it so late,
start earlier
next time,
the old monk said.

~



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