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Paul NP Mar 13
You may call it Sky.
I call it Blue Breeze.
You may call it Sun.
I call it Zen.
You may call it Rose.
I call it Reason.
Norman Crane Sep 2020
The flag blew,
Is it wind or flag which moves?
Wise man speaks:
                                It's you.
Famous koan distilled into a rhyming haiku.
Zywa Aug 2020
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
ZenOfferings Dec 2018
Set your bundle down
Satori in an instant
Pick your bundle up
ZenOfferings Nov 2018
The great orator
With open ears I listen
For the wind speaks not
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
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

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

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

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?

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

Is dried blood still slippery?

A new project - to write and illustrate 99 Koan.
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