Buddha Gallery: Pictures & Poems

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Collection of Nick Brinkman
Hungrily,
I reach into the soup pot
And pick out half-cooked vegetables.
Will my stomach burn
Like the monk Shih Tao's
When he ate half-roasted taro root?
On the road to enlightenment
It is the heart
That is supposed to be aflame.

Honorable Mention, The Poets' Dinner, 2000

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Sketching red spring lilies,
A dot of brilliant green
Attracts my eye.
The first of the ten thousand things
I paint this year
turns out to be an aphid!

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Four Versions of Tea in the Tea Garden

I.
Looking at the gnarled pine
Crisp cookies on her plate
Turn soft and moist
In winter tea house rain.

II.
In winter rain
The park is gray and black
With one gold Ginko.
III.
Waiting for traffic to subside
She warms herself with tea.
The yellow Ginko
And the blackened pine
against gray rain.

IV.
Consumed with watching conifers
As Ginko leaves slide to the ground,
Her world is neutral
Gray in cold rain.
To warm herself, she drinks hot tea
Under the wide eaves of the tea house
And, in love with gray and gold,
Forgets her seasoned snacks and fortune cookies
Softening in a devouring mist.

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Listen to all things.
Reflect on all things.
Follow my own heart.

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Collection of Eric Allman
My own heart
Makes me joyous and unafraid.
I meet it
Every now and then
Along the road.
After twenty-one years of casting coins
And dividing yarrow stalks
I am still the fool
Entering at the first line.

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I needed an amulet last week
To help me work at my painting studio.
BE A MAD MONK
I wrote
Thinking of Shih T'ao and Jung Kwang.
How can I be a mad monk
When I am applying for office work
And paying bills?

You may not know know WHAT
You are,
But you can know THAT
You are
The old books tell me
As I sit in my kitchen
Scrawling poems in the near dark.

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