136 Syllables At Rocky Mountain Dharma Center

Tail turned to red sunset on a juniper crown a lone magpie cawks.

Mad at Oryoki in the shrine-room — Thistles blossomed late afternoon.

Put on my shirt and took it off in the sun walking the path to lunch.

A dandelion seed floats above the marsh grass with the mosquitos.

At 4 A.M. the two middleaged men sleeping together holding hands.

In the half-light of dawn a few birds warble under the Pleiades.

Sky reddens behind fir trees, larks twitter, sparrows cheep cheep cheep
cheep cheep.

July 1983

Caught shoplifting ran out the department store at sunrise and woke up.

August 1983

1 Comment

  1. jimson says:

    they are both heavily influenced by buddhism and eastern literature and like you said… they were really close friends. this does go way back to early modern american poetry. WC Williams, who was also influenced by Eastern Lit. was Ginsberg mentor who introduced him to Snyder(or something like that). Look it up.

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