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A Zen Sonnet

A Zen Sonnet

(news clip on WTNH-TV, New Haven, CT)

It’s the knowing of not knowing, the firefighter said,

about to leave New England for those summer thermals… 109 more words

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Elaboration on a Zen Koan

Elaboration on a Zen Koan

After a night of sleep that’s more a struggle
than actual sleep—blankets having become small hillocks,
sheets having slid away from under them… 183 more words

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Like Water Off a Duck's Back

     LIKE WATER OFF A DUCK’S BACK

 

We watch them swimming in heavy Adirondack rain,

the mallards,

their scapulars, tertials, coverts

and all their other feathers folded around them, 78 more words

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Five Household Statues of Buddha

Five Household Statues of Buddha

 

The bronze Buddha in our living room,

his eyes closed, his hands resting comfortably

against his inside thighs,

what does he mean to tell me about the river heron? 124 more words

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How to Meditate

HOW TO MEDITATE

 

To learn to do nothing, first you must do something

like read that Elizabeth Bishop poem about the gas station,

or drink cranberry juice straight. 133 more words

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Raking in a Japanese Sand Garden

I’m not wearing a robe

and my head’s not shaven,

nor am I trying to solve

some impossible koan.  

 

And it’s been months

since I last meditated… 37 more words

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