Tuesday, October 18, 2011

On Lunch and Basho's Bowl

lunch is left
down long paths
back in the distant dojo
today the tired monk
is the hungry monk

where is Basho's bowl?
    or a matted beard
filled with locust wings
sticky honey twigs

oh to be a Saint
ascetic beat and blessed


  1. I love this one so much, Ollie. I can see and feel the monk......love the longing to be a saint, and the beard full of locust wings and honey twigs is just inspired. Loved it.

  2. This is really rather brilliant. I really quite like it!

  3. Fits my monk vocations.

    Do you have a book out, Ollie?

  4. Ollie,

    The tired monk is having a difficult day. Hunger is troubling his thoughts.
    His saintly aspirations are interesting....


    Thank you for all your much appreciated comments.

  5. Oh, to be saint in the city.
    First get stomach full of hamburger and beer...
    then save all beings.

    To each his own, I guess.

    I'm just pissed cause I'm tired of eating
    locust wings and sticky honey twigs.

  6. Nice. Reminds of my old tatami days. I treasure those memories.

  7. Poor monk needs his supper and a good night's rest. :)

  8. Oh, this is really good - as I knew it would be, just from the title!

  9. How beautiful--right up my alley. I love your title for this too.

  10. Very oriental feel and interesting conceit - anything is good with honey :-)


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