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Here’s the Dilemma

Here’s the dilemma:

as in the cartoon,

you’ve fallen over a precipice

and are hanging onto a tree branch for dear life… 41 more words

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Open Your Mouth

Open Your Mouth

Open your mouth

and the Buddha’s mother appears.

Close your mouth

and the entire universe disappears.

What does this mean?

Why are you drinking Coca-Cola… 36 more words

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When I Was Young

When I was young

and it was snowing as if you could hear wolves howling,

I used to walk deep into the forest, 69 more words

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Zen Master Drinking Song

Zen Master Drinking Song

One little, two little, three little Buddhas,

Four little, five little, six little Buddhas,

Seven little, eight little, nine little Buddhas, 35 more words

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Don't Say There is a Tea Cup

Don’t Say

“Don’t say there is a tea cup.

Don’t say there is not a tea cup.”

What can you say?

All morning, I spent… 13 more words

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Watching an old black and white movie

in which it’s raining

upon empty parking lots between tall buildings,

I think of James Cagney,

shoulders hunching up against the rain, 46 more words

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What is Real Truth?

What is Real Truth

What is real truth?

Knowing how to hit the drum.


                   -Dick Allen

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