Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Zen the Hard Way: A Drama in One Act
Master, I have swept
last night’s snow from the step.
It is now safe for you
And the snow in the road?
Will you sweep that as well?
Rises. Starts toward door.
Master! Surely, you are not going out.
Oh? It seems you’ve given me little choice.
Our coats. We’ve a rough journey ahead.
I only meant ...
I know what you meant.
Hence, our journey.
And if we should die along the way?
If? Is that not the reason for our going?
Well, I, for one ...
You, for one — such impertinence
from a tiny snowflake! Can you imagine
what would happen if all the snowflakes
Yes. A blizzard.
Here is your coat, then.
Brrr! I’ve reconsidered. I’m old, not crazy.
But what of our journey?
Patience, my son. You see,
at least we’ve made a beginning.
Resumes his seat. Falls asleep.
Student also sits, begins writing in journal.
“Today, I tricked him again.”
Looks up, smiles, unaware he is melting.
“Zen the Hard Way: A Drama in One Act” added to Poems, Slightly Used.
A new haiku, “Solstice,” added to Songs and Letters.