5 Stanzas on remembrance of 9/11

1) This morning
all I can see when I drift,
is paper in trees.

2) Breath rises and falls,
swirling ash settles and
go past clever words [1].

3) Soft echoes and time
travel like a ringing bell
in this life, this life.

4) In this life,
we all are ripe with

5) Pine-cones fall.
Burning trees open
seeds of memory.


1) “Go past clever words” is a reference to Hakuin’s Chant in Praise of Zazen


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