Thursday, February 3, 2011

Basho's Will

to the next tired monk
i leave
everything i own:

    one robe
    one bowl

21 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this! :-) So simple, so wonderful.

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  2. Oh, Ollie, I knew yours would be super-cool! It says it all! Will you ever post a photo of the tired monk in his robe????? I feel I know him rather well! Oh I know, I shall have to do an interview with you and Reveal the Mystery!!!!!!!

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  3. That was just perfect! Not too little, not too much - just right!

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  4. LOL!
    No center-dipped, cot sized mattress?

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  5. LOL. Well, remember: the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. You can still catch up!

    Very cool take on the prompt.

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  6. What else does a person need? Transitory food in the bowl, I suppose, but there can be great gain in working for that food yourself. What would it be to leave that to someone?

    I imagine your bowl. I've an old wooden one, a hundred years old. Sadly I don't need it. It sits on my table. I imagine a life lived in which it might regain its value.

    xo
    erin

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  7. i never met a man in a robe who didn't expect me to fix him breakfast.

    cool short poem, ollie.

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  8. Sublime in its succinct perfection.

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  9. Short form poetry is hard. There's no place to hide. This is nothing short of genius here. I really like this a lot.

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  10. Ollie,
    I knew that I would enjoy a visit to your Blog.
    The simplicity is priceless and is indeed the legacy!!!!

    Best wishes, Eileen

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  11. You have a zen style, very true! I always love your wit~

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  12. Should a called this Ryokan's will. SNAP.

    Where did you go my little lost bowl?

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  13. this is what religion ought to be:
    an empty robe, an empty bowl
    without preconceptions.

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  14. You would make an ideal travelling companion...you could help me carry my luggage,I don't travel light:)

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