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Zywa 5d
Then I heard the sound

of only one clapping hand –


and my cheek turned red.
Koan by Hakuin, Japan, 1686-1769

Collection "Ifless"
Justin Aptaker Aug 2019
like koans
halting in their tracks
your logical thought
processes like a train, black and long
when it runs in a padded room
small, silent, white
Written ca. 2006
Tommy Randell May 2018
husband without a lover
child without a mother
brother without a rival
straight line in a spiral

the satiate of hunger
epitome of wonder
a vase of gifted dying
meanings underlying

perhaps some time tomorrow
today is just a demo
meaning has no function
as poetry malfunctions

hill without a summit
poet short of a sonnet
Tommy Randell Apr 2018
Maybe
I'm looking for the perfect line
A word to define
The thing I want to say to you
The thing to make it all
Come True

Maybe
I'm trying to say
What it means to be this way
How we get lost in the issues
This stalemate of feelings
Misconstrued

Maybe
I try too hard everytime
Keeping the rhythm and the rhyme
Maybe the maybes become just eye-food
Maybe the poem is then
Just an Etude

Maybe
It's better just said
Straight off the Tongue, bypass the Head
Maybe then our rhyme could resume
Maybe then what will be, may be
Poetically true
In a loose sense ETUDE is a study of form as a practice of a skill - usually refers to a musical form but hey, it works for me.
Tommy Randell Oct 2017
Does the last word spoken
Have more meaning,

When silence is
The perfect subvening?

+tmy+2017.10.08
A new project - to write and illustrate 99 Koan.
Tommy Randell Oct 2017
Is the Art of words to Be?
Mirrors to themselves only?

Windowless?
Is dried blood still slippery?

+tmy+2017.10.08
A new project - to write and illustrate 99 Koan.
Tommy Randell Oct 2017
Melting like water is a talent
Not a skill to be practised

The Duck in the Desert
Needs acceptance not tactics

+tmy+2017.10.07
A new project - to write and illustrate 99 Koan.
Tommy Randell Oct 2017
The man that dodges bullets
Has a bullet dodging problem

The Man afraid of Love
Has Hope that wears a ******

+tmy+2017.10.06
A new project - to write and illustrate 99 Koan.
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