Dogs 2014

THE END OF ZEN
(2/18/14)


another
final page

another
final frustration

so close
to understanding

so close
to some
all encompassing
comprehension
of reality

but reduced
to reading
another back cover
wondering
what I've missed

I put
the book
on the shelf
with the others

I look
at them
there

all
that I've retained
are a few
clever quotes

a few
clever ideas

tiny fragments
for a tiny mind

but my ass
is still
in trouble

there is still
pain

still
desire

still
traffic

still
a brain
afire

I want
to be
that calm
bearded monk

wry smile
on face

despite
all of life's
little agonies

serenely
accepting
the madness
around me

instead
of raging against
another
broken shoestring