Wednesday, May 23, 2012

POEM: "Readings"


Funny it suggests
Milarepa to you
or redemption
or salvation
or any sense at all

A fractured karma
is our lot. Even Dante
knew he needed help
in the dark woods
under darker trees

In How to Build a Fire
we take a bit from here

take a bit from there
& we keep hoping
something catches

I see Charles Manson
is denied parole again
as we wonder
just what he was
scratching at his ear

A Buddhist monk
pours the gasoline
& mortal thoughts
plight the world
you know how it goes.

© 2012 Rob Schackne

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