Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Animal, mineral, vegetable

Animal, mineral, vegetable or could it be
a bird

(You should study the green mountains, using
numerous worlds as your standards..Japanese
Zen master Eihei Dogen, 13th c.)

We go inside a Zen mountain
stealthily, as if it’s a room
with no light, no window,
no glassy eye with sky
in the ceiling. We slide
our feet along the bottom
all the way around
its dim space to make sure
we won’t trip. If we reach

with our hands we may
find an unexpected glazed
shelf with tiny bottles
side by side because it’s so hard
to be a boulder. Or melt
into jutting greens. We want
the softest grasses to whisper
like oracles. If we feel a jolt

we stop to clench
our eyes while we wait
for somebody to come
along with a flashlight. Mostly

we hope for a pillow
like a cloud. As if we can sleep
so easily we begin to curve, lift
like peaceful glaciers, float
the mosses in the light.


Blogger Esther's Writing Works said...


The words just keep coming and coming. You contain wells within you. "no glassy eye with sky" and "we stop to clench our eyes..." eery .... Yasher koach,


12:08 AM  
Blogger Puah said...

I am trying to remember what the traditional answer is to "Y'asher Koach" and I can't ... anyway your comments always mean a lot. Thanks.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Esther's Writing Works said...


I love how you formatted these last two poems. Stunning!


p.s. Mazel Tov on your re-entry into blogville.

11:21 PM  

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