Standing/ on your phone/ in the rain
Standing/on your phone/in the rain 7/26/2022, Con/Jur/d An ode to youth this standing this mind lost amid the rapid distractions, body poised, waiting, someday to grow old, to wither, to die will you take it as gracefully as you hold the phone? As you ignore the shifting sun the gentle patter of large liquid drops or do you feel like the rest of us, some- times awkward in this in- carnation, desperately, seeking weak rewards to offset the increasing and quickly approaching heat of history's conflageration.
Host and Guest
“One day, the Layman arrived while Tse-ch’uan was meditating in his room. The Layman said, “If you simply stay in your room, absorbed in meditation, how can you know when a monk has come to see you?” Tse-ch’uan uncrossed one leg.The Layman turned to leave, but after taking a few steps he turned back around. Tse-ch’uan then recrossed his leg. The Layman said, “Do you call this “freely being yourself”? Tse-ch’uan said, “I am being the host.” The Layman said, “The elder teacher only knows how to be the host. He doesn’t know how to be the guest.” Tse-ch’uan then called to his attendant to bring some tea, and the Layman did a little dance and left.
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