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  1. #401
    Beyond Buddha, Wedding Light

    Wind see tree, move
    Light, galaxy, length spiral
    Linger, long hands, ring
    Finger, my wedding vow
    Enough more firm than
    Any vow, till death, we
    Are gone to elemental
    Change, Wisdom of gold
    Where kings fathom old
    Age Murh into frankly
    Beautiful Beyond relations,
    Our relationship ordered,
    Creation, neither time;

    Metaphor, long kalpe,
    Kalpa, time unto time
    Diadem, water, mechanism
    Within range he sinks
    Silver, titanium wisdom
    Known forever, known
    Diamond to other, never
    Torn asunder, we gather
    Partake of each other

    Reconstructed reason
    Knowledge together
    With great Century
    To centuries hundreds
    Crossing over so light
    We never throng ever
    Terror forming nothing
    Trace element titanIum,
    Silver, fully, Gold, we
    Shall reach to stars
    Our diamonds mending
    Adorned she meets me
    There in space arms
    Engulfing my essence,
    One friend's for other
    Forever, knowing death

    Taking wedding child
    Eventually to strength
    This knowing value
    Galaxy recombination
    forever, value of science
    Open mindedness,
    Loving past looking
    To future, wholeness
    Fortress of starry nights
    Andromeda, moving
    Through each other
    Majestic moculules
    Subatomic, Hydrogen
    To Helium trace atoms
    Elemental beyond words
    Our inscription inter-
    Are in each dimension
    After, colalessing
    Eternally to another
    World, we strike out,
    Variation very essence

    This mathematical
    Proportional. space
    After space, near
    Driven winged, melted,
    Shrine, sacrafice seterat
    For friend supreme left
    Example go before
    To prepare place. He
    Of Glory, we sing
    Anthem in silence
    Our diadem, renewed.

    Tai Shi
    Gassho
    sat/lah
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  2. #402
    Quote Originally Posted by Tai Shi View Post
    Beyond Buddha, Wedding Light

    Wind see tree, move
    Light, galaxy, length spiral
    Linger, long hands, ring
    Finger, my wedding vow
    Enough more firm than
    Any vow, till death, we
    Are gone to elemental
    Change, Wisdom of gold
    Where kings fathom old
    Age Murh into frankly
    Beautiful Beyond relations,
    Our relationship ordered,
    Creation, neither time;

    Metaphor, long kalpe,
    Kalpa, time unto time
    Diadem, water, mechanism
    Within range he sinks
    Silver, titanium wisdom
    Known forever, known
    Diamond to other, never
    Torn asunder, we gather
    Partake of each other

    Reconstructed reason
    Knowledge together
    With great Century
    To centuries hundreds
    Crossing over so light
    We never throng ever
    Terror forming nothing
    Trace element titanIum,
    Silver, fully, Gold, we
    Shall reach to stars
    Our diamonds mending
    Adorned she meets me
    There in space arms
    Engulfing my essence,
    One friend's for other
    Forever, knowing death

    Taking wedding child
    Eventually to strength
    This knowing value
    Galaxy recombination
    forever, value of science
    Open mindedness,
    Loving past looking
    To future, wholeness
    Fortress of starry nights
    Andromeda, moving
    Through each other
    Majestic moculules
    Subatomic, Hydrogen
    To Helium trace atoms
    Elemental beyond words
    Our inscription inter-
    Are in each dimension
    After, colalessing
    Eternally to another
    World, we strike out,
    Variation very essence

    This mathematical
    Proportional. space
    After space, near
    Driven winged, melted,
    Shrine, sacrafice seterat
    For friend supreme left
    Example go before
    To prepare place. He
    Of Glory, we sing
    Anthem in silence
    Our diadem, renewed.

    Tai Shi
    Gassho
    sat/lah
    Wonderful and awe inspiring!

    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  3. #403
    Onkai, maybe read my admission of wrong, my commitment of life, in these Precepts and how I began to understand how I am beholden to her, and in admission of sin and error to other women, I am sorry, am saddened, owe her everything, and owe all women my understanding which is real and repentant, and owe men who I have deceived, and men of this world of which of whom I owe my life, and know that here I have recommittal of myself to the Precepts; I know the egoless self, I am not pure, my ego mind is not worthy; only of intense friendliness of which because of her, I recognize the rest of my life is dedicated to this servitude which is the only gift I can offer; yet, as old I can only offer my education and writing and be, to give over such as the truth. I here attempt to live in this right in the vast ocean of all beings where I only now live in wonder.
    sat/lah
    Deep Gasso
    Deep bows.
    sat only a small part of this day,
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  4. #404
    We all can only do the best we can with the gift of life.

    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  5. #405
    I am working on a title for my third book, and possibly My Care of the Precepts. I arise now, I am relaxed, shoulders dropped, smile on my face. Life truly is good. May I always as a good man give of myself. The practice of 36 years beginning with turning away from illegal drugs and all alcohol and toward family has made the biggest difference in behavior of good my greatest effort which is now bearing fruit after more than three and one half decades, one year, and three months of abstinence from alcohol and illegal drugs, and abstinence from all tobaccos products for 23 years, most excess food for 14 years, and still working on the absence from excess food, eating much healthy foods. May I always turn away from error turning away from excess work which was from my disability as emotion, toward evenness, and ordinaryness, and toward this way of the egoless man, though I have self worth, and recognize my great command of knowledge, I believe I am finally gaining wisdom, understanding tolerance and equality of all, men women and race, understanding of error, and malevolent behavior recognizing the sacredness of all life, this is true, and respect for the need to control premature death, unusual illnesses with all medically right and moral gifts of modern science always away from anger and deceit; may I love life, read of others for knowledge which I kove, love others. I cannot love all, and tolerance is the least of my behaviors. This I offer even some of those who do me wrong because of ignorance. I have been working on freedom from anger and resentment for 36 years, and finally with the with help of modern psychiatry and psychology, I have made much progress toward this freedom and I cannot always be happy. I feel the aids of contemporary thought and practice of medicine, and CBT therapy, and positive emotion have made much progress in my behavior. I have a true smile, and healthy personality. Try to allow natural love of my wife, understand of my love of my true partner, know that I will make mistakes and be wrong, my friend, my true love, one who I marvel has given her life with mine to the goodness of her own life and away from that which destroys. she is mostly healthy, and does receive my unconditional regard, Marjorie, meaning Pearl. Yes I make mistakes, give in to excess sugar, and wonder why I bring her with me to error. I nevertheless am mostly happy. I depart for the remainder of my breakfast..
    Gassho
    sat/lah
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  6. #406
    Mourn for Mountain Bells, my Home Town
    Ojai, California, for Thich Nhat Hanh
    Saga of New and Old/ World

    She knows my poetry, Leading world Buddhism
    Drips bright red for a sensuous bells, Buddha,
    Ringing like day Breaking peaks of night, Sacramento
    Where children play on Glaciers of northern Slopes
    High California, Sierra Mountains, Castle Peak, Telescope
    Peak, Volcanic northern Peaks up high, Shasta, Hanchangua,
    Everest Tibetan Nepal, Then Home of creation, Shasta
    People, Wintu, Achomawi, Atsugewi, Modoc,
    Shasta Trinity Great Forest, belief To rid of deadly spirits, Turn to
    Mt. Lassen long for Buddha, Rocky Pikes, Longs Peak,
    Never Throwing boulders, molten ruby sliced to land,
    Fire, open gorges, Atsugewi, Yani, ancient peoples,
    Yahi, Maidu, Small Eruptions, where are Buddhas?
    Kennesaw Mountain,South Mt, Lookout Mt, Freedom,
    Black, White, indecisive battles, freedom to Asia, Gayasia,
    Braymoni, Buddha voice rang out, Liberation Detachment,
    Fire Sermon, Freedom from lust, cravings, and desire,
    Where is Ojai?

    Began May, 30, 1914 Great War German, Austrian Empire
    Great Britain, French, Italian, gassed American ending
    Lassen, Shasta Peoples, Indigenous Peoples To 1917,
    1914 Great Chaos Crags Lassen 1,100 years Ago. Light dimmed
    By time, lava flows slowed Devastated Areas three Miles around
    Lassen Peak, Mountains, Near Boston, Mt Wachusett why freedom
    Berkshires west in Machussetes, Mt Misery, then Beacon Hill,
    Bunker Hill, Blue Hill around Boston 25, to 20 million years ago volcanic
    Plug suicide Point plugged up, without lava Silent City Heights, subway.
    The ferment of God, more she slides to Tea Rebelion taxes,
    Letting go of possessions, even thoughts of desire, and material
    Surmounted all Battles, What of W.W. 2, Bitan And remains nothing
    Without Reparation, Away from Georges Land who England cannot
    Rise above her, Spain, Napoleon surmonterd, where is Huma, Buddha
    Glaciers ceased to flow, rock Split by snow. She is no more alone. Women from Britain Gone are life volcanos shunted up. Worlds far
    Away Volcanic Child, Javir Moro, Venezuelan struggle for Independence, Mt Poramia, Pico La Concha, Cerro Sarsiama, no Tathagata,
    Mexico Where do rebels hide in mountains, Americas
    Simon, de Bolivar 1821 Republic of Grands Colombia, 1830, Sovereignty, Napoleon Brought dominance to 1824, April 19, 1810, Where is Ohai nested?
    War for independence, Venezuela July 5, 1811, declaration
    States from Spain are now Independent. Americana 1812
    Where is Ojai?

    Snow capped sacred, Valley Awawi, sacred Ohai of the Moon sisters,
    Chumash Indigenous people of Ojai named valley of the moon when Nordof founded Nest, nested peoples, Amerindians Amazon Only now 2% we celebrate Wayuu, Pedrigo, River, 36,000 years ago. Peoples of Andes, Amazonias, Francisco
    Franco 1836. Now Nicolas Maduro modernize push For democracy, Spain, Europe, December 2022 Ramon Santos Martinez, then ancient Immigrants to Country, Shephards spoke Spanish, Venezuelan, Spain, Trade with Franco, Back and forth Present day one in four have fled their homes, 2023, Venezuelan Nationals In USA, Mountain people USA rights. Even Social Security, Ojai to Plumb Village to safety,
    All but voting, ancient Maduro have Spanish Nationals illegal Maduro In 1999, US imposed sanctions now US helping descendants Indigenous Peoples, Latin America Thousands, thousands, thousands, seeking US asylum, humans, Northern South America, Middle East where are children of both sides, Israel, Hamas?
    Where is Ojai?


    Southern Mexico, to Jungles, from Mountains, Amazon, to Andes
    What to do: How do we keep Deluge of peoples from wandering into the US? Sarse History we seek Restrain thousands onslaught of Russia into Ukraine, crossing to free, Yet detained, kept Away, People? Sacred Mountains Northern California, South seeking Spanish Speaking, Where to place people Seeking asylum? Shasta, Lassen Volcanic, Southern California, Ojai my final resting place, Father's greatest fishing depression.
    The nested White Pine, Douglas Fir the hardest sought,
    Arizona, New Mexico, Even conservative Texas, to what? Nothing. Blight, starvation, Jobs are taken, hate Spanish speaking,There Is no Buddha Deportations where? Old Mexico, Republic to Venezuelans' Packing Plants,
    Asia in Chaos as things become scarce, China in 21st Century, When
    Buddha Life in North America, Gengokoan where all must finally sing, my
    High Temple in Pine Mountain, Lions Camp, straight Ojai Thich
    Nhat Hanh, Little, good nature, Thay our teacher, 14th DalŪ Lama Tibetan,
    Korea, Europe, Prime Minister of Nepal, all His Holiness, even our Genuine
    Purity given disabled with international, computers, Japan, Chiba, Cities,
    All the World is our Temple in our Buddha Lotus Sutra. AI,
    The final words, all nations in Africa, where are
    Children of Albert Schweitzer? Where is Clover?
    Edward Libby planned our town center, as a four-old-boy, I walked
    The deserted streets, peopled in Ojai, Found in Ojai, Vietnam.
    Peaceful people, I lived there my first six years, my destiny, Ojai.

    Charles Taylor, Gassho, Tai Shi
    sat/lah
    Gassho
    Great Bows
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  7. #407
    This poem was to include Latin American influences that seldom rise to be written in any Poetry, the work geared to those Indigenous People of California, anf Latin America who contributed to my little town of Ojai, California where I spent the first 6 years of my life, and where I found a great beginning, and the rest moves through Glacial History of several areas, including Ojai. When one returned to this town, it no longer defamed others because of two brave men Krishnamoorthi, and Thich Nhat Hanh, there being reference to His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama from Tibet, and though Krishnamoorthi is not exility mentioned, his presence is a given as he lived and preached his doctrine of peace. These three men represent new vistas of Loving Kindness, and the Buddha,
    Peaceful Poetry, Tai Shi. Ubasoku; calm, supportive, 台 婆

  8. #408
    This poem was to include Latin American influences that seldom rise to be written in any Poetry, the work geared to those Indigenous People of California, anf Latin America who contributed to my little town of Ojai, California where I spent the first 6 years of my life, and where I found a great beginning, and the rest moves through Glacial History of several areas, including Ojai. When one returned to this town, it no longer defamed others because of two brave men Krishnamoorthi, and Thich Nhat Hanh, there being reference to His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama from Tibet, and though Krishnamoorthi is not exility mentioned, his presence is a given as he lived and preached his doctrine of peace. These three men represent new vistas of Loving Kindness, and the Buddha,

  9. #409
    My Buddhist Confusion

    Kami, deva, shinto, dukkha
    Kamakura, tendai guardians
    Zen emerged very early,
    Shakyamuni Buddha
    Eight hundred years Soto Zen
    In Japan Koso Dogen Zenji
    Kaizen Zenji, Taisan Zenji,
    Paleolithic, Neolithic,
    Zen not much like now.
    Sitting Bull made to dance
    At his slaughter, one man
    Think this great chief
    Of his people. Teapot Dome
    Scandal, where was US
    To breath in 1920?
    There was oil in Wyoming
    Albert Fall, petroleum rights
    Hundreds of Thousands of dollars
    Bribe money under Harding
    Wyoming rights, gone sour.
    What was this to Conservatives
    In the roaring 20s, to Great
    Depression, Hoover social
    Engineer, ordinary Lay people
    Of Jodo Shinshu, ordinary
    Forty temples in America,
    Railroad workers ordinary
    Buddha to Hawaii sixty temples,
    Buddhism even Suzuki the other
    Nationalist, gone into Southern
    California, Doctrine of aggression
    Where does love San Francisco
    Shiro Suzuki, Little Suzuki
    Big Suzuki took doctrine
    Loving Kindness, sitting
    Meditation, after the Great
    War Samurai, Matsudaira,
    Tokugawa ieyasu, Suzuki Shosan
    Age 42 to become, Rensai,
    Zen, Mish mash From China
    To San Francisco, Beats spread
    Popular Culture 1976 Big
    Little, When beginning
    This spread to those seeking
    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
    Lectures, not cohesion.
    When great master
    Laid down died in Peace
    Beside this water.
    Zen was there many
    Temples throughout landed
    Poets, Artists, ordinary Lay
    People, Zen was always
    As Bosho of Lay members
    Morality, Who practiced
    Precepts, not Clergy.
    Clergy present not
    In San Francisco but thorough
    Out Land, ever present.
    Not just where popular
    Culture existed, zazen.
    In 2022, 100 years Soto
    Zen in America,
    1922, now looking back
    Two Temples, Kyoji Namu Shakyamuni
    Butsu, Buddha, Okyo,
    our chant, Find in Buddha
    Hanyo Shingo, Shushoji,
    Rev Iso Sobe, 1922
    Zenshuji Mission Los Angeles
    First Zen in North America
    Dispatching Priests from training
    Day and Night zazen,



    Gassho
    Tai Shi
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  10. #410
    I am stepping back from writing poetry on the threads. I need to give you space to write. Indeed, the threads were never meant to be the showcase for my poetry; that, they have become, nor that I ever I established them just for me. Please try your hand at poetry. Even simplest poetry can succeed. Not just my poems but always your poetry. I will limit myself; two a week or maybe the only poems not quitting , or maybe just something about a recognized published poet. Now I will not publish my own poetry as much as you might, I hope to stand back a little, so pleases make your poems. Be kind to yourselves. There are lots of reasons to publish poetry here. As always they remain only your poetry. You automatically own copyright with your name on the poem. This is a place to experiment and if you have trouble with typing, dictate and be vocal, or have someone copy the poem into the space. For those of you who don't know, you must scroll down to the end of the page to write, or insert a poem.. Do not be afraid to try your hand, (hands), here, and take flight with the joy of writing. Experiment here. I tell you that anywhere is here, keeping in mind decorum, your poetry is your poetry in these places for our Forum. You cannot make a mistake. Poetry in the marked places is always read, and only positive encouragement, please.
    Gassho
    Tai Shi
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  11. #411
    You poetry is lovely, TS.

    Don't feel you must stop.

    Gassho, J

    stlah
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

  12. #412
    Sea Ice Melting

    Being, becoming, swimming with sight,
    I linger in salt, I linger in caves
    Of withering fear, I am seventy-two,
    Right into waves of my mind,

    I retreat, some wisdom of sharks
    Of fishes that swim into sea waves,
    Slipping through one's own common hunt,
    My difficult nature returns.

    My wings above blue sea remind me
    Of other beings. Birds I could devour--flocks
    Disappear into rain of clouded sky. My only
    Desire to think, I'm extinct. My thoughts hidden,

    Dropping to only oceans, I strike without
    Thinking, being my nature, neglected as
    Small, I am taught by my friends, lunging
    I miss, without being,

    Wonder of food, is my essence aggressive?
    Capturing everything, I need prey. Knowing
    I was born to swim in circles as I hunt
    For everything, I'm without defiance,

    Not enemy to food, my kindness capturing,
    Stealth, deceiving being instinct, part
    Of My invisible coalition. Sharks by nature
    Next floating with humans on board, where

    Do I strike into flesh, these creatures
    Floating with intent, defenceless make
    My leather-like clothing as hard as skin, tasteless,
    Bite,at their boat floating into difficult water.

    One of these creatures avoiding sharks,
    Avoiding even waves of destruction. I know
    How to stealthily destroy their kind,
    Predator, not in wonder, mindfulness avoided,

    In danger, apart from my nature, bread
    Into element deep, something destructive
    I cannot keep space--what would I witness
    Other than fishes. I lunge to capture.

    How could I leering sink like another
    Entering sadness, sea creatures, pleasant
    Anomaly, beautiful, I'm lunging
    Swallowing, slither toward voids, bigger prey,

    Wondering what made me this incarnation?
    Part of my predatory being, may I change,
    This felt desire? if this is my wisdom, giving
    Some hope, some realization.

    My peace from endless attack none seeing
    My desire to angle my foes from my leather
    Where there are wallets, shoes, gloves as I strike?
    Wonder as born, neglected as wild, simple

    As brain sought to destroy. Gang of younger
    Thieves, stalking, I consider deep into nest
    Of deception, like mouth of sword closing
    On creatures, sad sharks sink into deep water.

    Let me change meditation in still water. Vast
    Is sea wave, covering my childhood.
    I was in damaged by wilderness, parents,
    Karma of previous life making my-- Deception is done.

    Gassho
    Tai Shi
    Sat/ deep bows/ lah
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  13. #413


    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  14. #414
    Stafford's "A Way of Writing"
    California State University, Dominguez Hills


    A Way of Writing. by William Stafford. A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about ...
    People also ask
    What does Stafford say about writing?
    A writer is not so much someone who has something to say as he is someone who has found a process that will bring about new things he would not have thought of if he had not started to say them.

    Famous deceased Poet William Stafford won many national awards, and was the Poet Laurette of the US during his life. This is not a lengthy term of responsibility.
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  15. #415
    The link didn't work, but the quote resonated with me. I don't write poetry now, but it's true for fiction and journaling as well. Thank you, Tai Shi.

    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  16. #416
    Onkai, you have to forgive Stafford because he’s not just referring to boys but girls too. He was a child of the 50s and 60s. He was poet Laureate of the US Library of Congress and won many national awards. His most famous poem is Traveling Through the Dark.


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  17. #417
    Tai Shi, I missed that the pronoun was masculine. So much has changed since the 1950's and '60's! Thank you for your sensitivity to that.

    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  18. #418
    I stand in awe of contemporary poets like and as WS Merwin and William Stafford. I wrote to Stafford while writing in my MFA workshops. He was a Kansas poet, an man like me. He wrote back that I should keep writing because my poetry held great promise. I am an Iowa poet, a South Dakota poet. I had enclosed a five poem portfolio of recent poetry I had written Stafford, he wrote back as he encouraged many young poets. I was 37. WS Merwin was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century writing into the 21st century up until his death in 2018 (?). He received many national awards including for Migration which won the National Book Award around 2001, (correct me with the dates.) He is considered a Buddhist poet. His poetry not only includes many poems which predict a dangerous time for humanity, but many optimistic poems. Like Stafford, he does see hope for humanity though a dire future. Perhaps we can pull ourselves out of this bag. He purchased 20 acres of desolate land in Hawaii and restored it. Then he planted this area with many endangered "palm species." Look at my optimistic poetry. I mean to keep writing until my death. I am 72, and was never expected to live this long. I have been writing since I was 15, ah but I have thrown away many good poems, and I have a good portfolio of poems from workshops and publications before I had tried to write seriously in 2008. I received my MFA creative writing/poetry in 1990 from Colorado State University with 3.9 GPA, at that time I had published about 60 poems in little magazines and small publications including The Connecticut Review, and The Sierra Journal. Thanks to great friends like Kyosui and other people here at Treeleaf I am alive. Many great people including an anonymous man who saved my life in 1976. I know this time because of the Bicentennial of the US. That fall after a horrific spring, I took the Psychology course at a community college which propelled me into the changes that saved my life again. Never give up. I discovered Suzuki Roshi then. I was 24-years-old. I own a first edition of Zen Mind, Beginner Mind and of Be Here Now by Ram Das because of that Psychology course. Indeed, it was a different time. Never give up hope.

    Gassho
    Tai Shi
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  19. #419


    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

  20. #420
    Why is she older than her 23 years?
    She Was Different

    She was 23. Died, Older than her bones
    Her bones were 23; her bones are older
    Then she smiles, older than she tastes
    Our beloved daughter, it happend.
    Her bones older than the sun beautiful,
    Older. Then 93,000,000 miles away, Older,
    Older than the earth, 24 hours a day,
    5 billion years. Itís okay to be as old as the sun.

    Quietly at first because sound 700,
    Light years, 283,000 miles a second, stage
    A bomb cloud at 25,000 feet, B29 as old as her
    Bones are her bones, Here bones belong
    Where is flux, what sucks, what? What Runs
    To Muck, much to my surprised with surprise,
    Heroshima, invisible. Destroyed in moments
    Beautiful, she is different, after sees Hiroshima
    She becomes that's why she does stink
    Not is green, super orange, red, or yellow,
    Not Smelling like fried rice, fried death,
    Rice not coming from China, not realizes
    She is not Chinese, she came to Heroshima
    After this bomb, which bombs? The Atomic bomb

    Turned everything to ash, which looked
    Like bones, like tangled snow, powered
    Bones, ash from bones, old bones, snow epicenter
    Vaporized human beings, Where then bomb
    Fell, encrusted child lay on this ground, shell
    Of clothing, nothing inside, just shape of children
    Girl, or boy no one could tell except that those children,
    Before 8:15 local time; shining somewhat malnourished
    Child, scarcity of food meant that that child ate no
    Breakfast that morning, then at 8:16 that child
    Was a shell of carbon and a handful of ash, ashes
    That would be shadows of little girls or boys
    No one could tell of these, less than 2% of uranium
    235 exploded 15000 tons of TNT went off
    Immediately, all at once. Radiation H bombs much bigger
    Could flatten a city 18 miles radius from epicenter,


    Does the fundamental Buddhist principle of all
    People being good deep down inside apply to soldiers?
    Who fires on opposing soldiers? How do we offer mercy
    To those caught in the fireball of an atomic bomb?
    What's this goodness of the pilot and bombadear?
    New B29 planes flying at 25,000 feet, dropped
    The 10,000 lb bomb from the ground, tiny chute
    Overwhelmed, tolerate the unknown of not knowing.
    Every time I peerform pieces of play on words,
    When bomb droped plane jumped ten feet,
    A bomb, H bomb, so cruelty deals with substance.
    Unit from Army Air Corps we do workshops With
    Body with breath, of teaching about things,
    All elements we as human beings, music out of
    Sound way in, what out of your mouth, physics
    Of throat and air, transcend human culture,
    Beginning human culture, 20,000 years
    In our past, 20 centuries, 100 years each,
    Think of twenty years done 200 times as big,
    100 years, 20 centuries. Won without fight,
    One more sight of bullets; how can we
    See bullets? Now, and then, then and now
    More fearsome, more horrible than 80,000
    People killed instantly as smoke, ash, sound
    Flattens city of wooden walls with more than 100 mile
    Then, 150 miles an hour. hours of winds only 2%
    Of sun radiation weald sword of light,?Hhow
    Could German scientists? They came to this USA
    Developed 5 A bombs, of U235, then Plutonium.
    These bombs closed this war, Nagasaki WW2, war 2,
    Another 70,000, war to end all wars; these have
    Been happening since human kind took chunk
    Of bone, fragmented it upon an anonymous head.

    Jump Tardive Dyskinesia fights; my nerves,
    Some days I jump with the best drugs
    For mental illness; thatís what came of experiments
    On prisoners, Acid flash. Iím placid of accidents.
    There was this Jesus, before him Buddha, I know
    Both, both precepts are loving kindness for ours,
    Israelites, palestine of Jesus, of Mohamed, Moses
    Sons and daughters. I am an old man. Ordinary man
    Charles E Taylor, November 23, 2023.

    Gassho
    sat/lah
    Peaceful Poetry, Tai Shi. Ubasoku; calm, supportive, 台 婆

  21. #421
    West Two then Zazen

    It's easier now when I forget
    To take my medicine at 5:00 a.m.
    I can take it at 10:35 a.m then
    I enjoyed my cup of tea, my yogurt,
    My muffins, walked away

    To my study for study; for
    Sunday Sit. Time to sit again to spend
    Another day reading and writing. There was
    A time with no freedom to read and write, a little
    Misty before We sit for peace again, I'm
    Comfortable except my neck is killing me.

    Rope of pounding pain around my neck,
    It this "Robe of Liberation boundless,
    Field byond form and formless..."
    I remember how happy I was to memorize
    After brain surgery. The rope tightens. I know
    I have forgotten my mornings meds
    Then The Heart Sutra. Then Zazen.

    BACK TO kITCHEN MEDS FAST TO STUDY.
    Sunday after Thanksgiving 2023
    I thought back to 1974 as I reminisced
    About the year I graduated, I sit in Zazen,
    From College, the college experience

    Where would I GET job with my degrees?
    Back then nothing much held any promises,
    My GPA, well at least I had something. Snow.

    Stopped me from becoming, I sit Zazen.
    I Am a Zen student. I am 72, studied
    Graduate school about eight years, what was
    I doing after I left Sanoma IN 1974?

    HOW DID i MEET Marjorie, "in grad school"
    What was I doing? I have half an hour before
    I sit, let's see." I sit Zazen

    Nothing. "I'm not a doctor!" I screeched
    In Wes One Psychiatric Ward, then
    I had good behavior after someone

    Posted; Stopping by Woods on Snowy
    Evening. It was three feet deep
    Already, I had good behavior

    For two days, I'd lost time, I didn't
    Know what Day of the week it was,
    This man in white coat said "Steve."

    "I'm not Steve." "I'd like to talk to you
    In the nurses' station." "Okay."
    "We've decided to move you to

    West Two." "What's West Two?"
    You'll have more freedom there."

    "Then one more thing. We've
    Decided to let you go home
    For Christmas Day. You'll return,

    Of course in the evening." I sit Zazen.
    "Who are you?" "I'm one
    Of the medical students. I'm just here

    To try and get you introduced to
    The idea of going to West Two,
    Assigned to your case."

    "By the way I was roommates
    With one of your Buddies, Jack, second
    Year of med school. He is

    One of my best friends,
    In med school." "Tell me something.
    Is my diagnosis schizophrenia?"

    Words fell on the concrete
    Floor like a hammer! Student
    Picked them up, 10 penny nails.

    "When you get to West Two,
    You'll have the opportunity
    To stroll those paths in beautiful woods

    Behind the Psych buildings. You'll enjoy
    Those nice wooded paths." "Tell me
    Doc does, anyone ever walk away

    From the Hospital?" "Rarely, it's
    More than a mile to the road.
    There's no transportation when
    You get there." I sit Zazen

    "Say I want to know, is my
    Diagnosis Schizophrenia?"
    The senior year med student

    Looked sheepish, "Yes, but
    You will meet your therapist
    After Christmas." "Say doc
    When is Christmas?"

    "You don't know? It's tomorrow."
    "How long have I been here?"
    "Don't you know?" It's a while. You can visit
    With your nurse upstairs. You're

    Under court order, Why don't you
    Know the date?" " "Took me right
    From the office." I sit zazen
    "They had established I was broke.

    I have $80 in my sock drawer at home."
    Can I have some of my books when I
    Get to West Two? I have a great History


    Of Ancient Greece." "It's doubtful
    They will let you have anything except
    "Your clothes, but you can go outside.

    I imagine it's getting uncomfortable
    In those hospital gowns. But no belt,
    No shoe strings." "How do I keep

    My pant's up, my shoes on." "They
    Have plastic ties that fasten your
    Pants and your shoes. They come off."

    Say, doc my spine hurts, what is it?
    "Probably anxiety. Get your Stuff
    Together. The aid will get you situated

    Upstairs." Out the door without another word."
    When I was 40, I learned my spine had
    Ankylosing Spondylitis. I sit zazen

    When I got there to West Two, college
    Students were singing Peter, Paul,
    Mary songs. Playing guitarists. Into this
    Dimmed Room, overwhelmed with size

    Of West Two, the smoke swilled
    Up my nose. People could smoke.
    Students Opened into a chorus of Puff
    The Magic Dragon. I suddenly

    Was a child of four. I began to cry
    No one noticed as my face got wet.
    Finally another song began. It was
    Christmas Eve. In the ten days

    In West one. I'D LOST TRACK
    Of time. "When do I get out?" "You'll
    See the nurse I'll take, get your stuff,

    To your room. First I've Got
    To introduce to you roommates."

    He hadn't noticed my face was
    Wet. Grabbing tissues from the table
    I dried my face as I followed him

    Down to the room. As this woman
    Dressed as a nurse took me by the arm
    ""I'll take it from here, John." I sit zazen.

    She walked back to the Day Room
    Where several tables were playing
    Cards. As this woman led me too

    A small room, a plexiglass cage, I
    Was afraid. "I'll be introducing you to those
    People on the ward," I sat down

    Quietly in the plexiglass room.

    "I'll be giving you your medication."
    She handed me a paper cup and several
    Pills in a SMALLER paper cup, "I'll take my pills."

    I asked again. "Can I have my books HERE?"
    "There's plenty to read. Besides
    We will keep you busy with PT, OT, Groups
    And visits with therapy and psychiatry.

    Were done. Lights out at 10, Go to your room.
    Pick up your things." I obediently followed
    Her down the hall. "There's the bathroom.

    We'll get you food from the kitchen. Any
    Preference? Tuna or Chicken?" "Ah, chicken
    Please" Comes with a drink and chips, decaf
    Or Seven UP? "Seven up." I sit zazen.

    "Here's your room. Lights out in two hours,
    That closet is yours. That bed is yours."
    There were two other beds. In the window

    I could see snow from the streetlights,
    Tight woven screens outside the plastic
    Window." "Want to follow me. I'll
    Get an aid to help you now."

    I would get to wear my, I sit Zazen,
    Clothes for a while, one hour 45 minutes before
    Bed, as I finished dinner, a man
    Wandered to the table where I

    Was gazing at the tube. "My name
    Is Bill, what's yours? Want a smoke?"
    "No, I don't smoke." "You will by the
    Time you leave here."
    Now I am into Shikantaza.


    Gassho sat/lah
    Tai Shi
    Last edited by Tai Shi; 11-27-2023 at 10:30 AM. Reason: punctuation
    Peaceful Poetry, Tai Shi. Ubasoku; calm, supportive, 台 婆

  22. #422


    Gassho, Onkai
    Sat lah
    美道 Bidou Beautiful Way
    恩海 Onkai Merciful/Kind Ocean

    I have a lot to learn; take anything I say that sounds like teaching with a grain of salt.

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