Poem in the Margin of the Shoyo Roku by Sam Hamill

Yun-yan asked Tao-wu,
“What does the Bodhisattva
of Compassion do
with a thousand hands and eyes?”
“She reaches for the pillow.”

“Now I understand:
all over our bodies, then,
there are hands and eyes.”
“You got eighty percent.” “Oh?”
“Throughout the body–eyes, hands.”

The awakened mind
of moments before.
The emperor’s clothes reveal
all that a thief has stolen.

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1 Response to Poem in the Margin of the Shoyo Roku by Sam Hamill

  1. JEROME BLOOM says:

    AH

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