The Wheel
 
Life is so easy and carefree.
I know it can’t last. I have
to be brave going forward
into what I don’t know.
 
Why do things not last?
Why are there ruins spread
around my city? What’s this
principle of impermanence?
 
I know I shouldn’t worry.
I must be brave going forward.
After all, why complain?
Life is so easy and carefree.

The life of Bodhidharma, the 6th century Buddhist monk who brought Zen to China, told through poetry and prose.

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The philosopher loves wisdom
the poet beauty. The former
devotes himself to curiosity
the latter to a sense of duty.
 
But wisdom is beautiful
and beauty makes a soul wise.
The best philosophy is poetic
the best poetry wisdom disguised

A poetic retelling of the lives of Plato & Socrates, in dramatic and lyric verse, with fragments from ancient texts.

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A collection of poetic sequences, of various styles and subjects, concerning imagined things. Collected poetry from 2017-2020. Some poems may be found in various drafts in this blog.

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Dawn of Man
 
The stickiness of consciousness is
the spthlink spthlink of unlinking polymers
emulsifying in soupy darkness.
 
The viscoelastic creep and tear
of a brain remembering where
it was impressed in elastic presence.
 
Measure it by the mucous trail of its laws
and you too will become like soft plastic.