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The Journey to the West

Though we journey to the West We pray to the East More or less that's the way Each day begins and ends It’s a tale everyone ...

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Poem for Beginner's Mind (初心)

You can fill the page
With your personal slang
And silly rhymes
And still not advance
Beyond the starting line

Because the empty page
Is the surest sign of
Beginner’s mind
When mind itself
Falls under erasure

Only then does duality
Begin to subside like
The shadowless tree
Under a cloudless sky
In such silence where 
Poems from the first abide

Monday, December 30, 2019

Renewed Vision: 2020

New Year's day 2020
And sunlight itself
Has awoken refreshed
Clarifying all that 
Presents itself 
The coffee grinds
The plate of crumbs
Each branch and twig 
All once again self-possessed
And each shadow endowed 
With renewed purpose
The mind comes with 
A calendar of its own and 
It relishes nothing more  
Than a clean slate