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TWO TREES

Khun’s house stands impermanentlyby a large and ancient Bodhi tree.This has lent him its shadesince the house was first madeand has spread its branches comfortably.Under such a tree was Buddha enlightened. Hundreds of birds come hereto nest,to rest,to watch the … Continue reading

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AUTUMN

Wind moans in the eaves,a dead shrew on wet bricks.Paths soaked with sodden leaves. Autumn is up to its old tricks. Cold gusts and shafts of sudden sun,birds and clouds migrate the sky,Summer’s visitors leaving one by one. Better to … Continue reading

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PATIENCE

There is the patience of the tree,with feet set fast in earth;buffeted by storms,stripped of leaves by droughts,home to birds and parasites,bored into by beetles and worms,reaching to ever greater heightsuntil sawn and dismembered by men,or turned to a heap … Continue reading

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CUT INTO THE HUMAN WOOD

Cut into the human woodchop; pare;to find what is already there.Will the knife revealwhat we have outgrown?Or does the sculptor feelalong the veins and in the bonethe shape already in the stoneand gently, where the stone is brittle,cut only not … Continue reading

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