Category Archives: Poetry

Impermanence

I can’t capture the cherry blossoms rustling in the wind, swaying as they gently open their hearts to the universe. they have changed since last seen, when we stood there, under the tree, trying to capture a memory. even in … Continue reading

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Two by Tansui

Ferns The ferns are on their way out now; yellow, brown, a few green holdouts. This ancient plant: somewhere in its DNA, dinosaurs roam. Now I see these ferns lushly green in summertime; tall, too, waist-high on me. That which … Continue reading

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She who hears the cries of the world. . .

Kannon Bodhisattva— Invisible and with a light, almost imperceptible touch— When you’re with me, holding me, I don’t feel you.   I don’t feel you Until after you’ve done your work.   Only then I know you’re with me— Always … Continue reading

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Chirping crickets

Noise inside my head. Zazen brings the quiet mind hearing crickets chirp. (9/5/12)   {a pun:} share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit … Continue reading

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Power Outage Haiku

Zazen in the dark. Children giggle in their beds While I watch my breath. share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with … Continue reading

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Haiku

Hearing the birdsong Cacophony of nature Night sky is revealed share: Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati … Continue reading

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Fusion Poem

Tonight we come out from slavery. Slavery – Chains, hard labor, sweat, oppression, repression, degradation, brutality, no voice, no speech, Constricted Consciousness. Then, slowly, we are roused, moving out from slavery, liberation beckoning, like Abraham before us, we cross over. … Continue reading

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Doorless Door

There is a tape called “The Mysterious Guest” that I keep in my Walkman. I used to listen to it on a regular basis but now I only turn it on from time to time. It’s about a host who … Continue reading

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Zen Cooking

Out of nothing We made a meal, No gongs, No clappers, Hardly any zafus, Yet, In an empty zendo With our heart-minds We cooked A scrumptuous meal. At that time We didn’t know We were cooking, Didn’t know We were … Continue reading

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Fall Energy

Sitting puts me in touch with the energy of the season — the energy of fall, the energy of Elul (the month leading up to the New Year in the Jewish tradition).  It is no coincidence that this season is … Continue reading

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