A Month of Teachings

Master MacZen compared enlightenment

to the flight of martins through a stable door,

how the bright and shade of plumage embodied

that birl from darkness to light.


And on another day he compared history

to bubbles in a pot of porridge, their pechts

and vanishings. Our mouths across each bowl

must cool that simmering, and eat.


And again he compared our love of illusion

to a hayfield waking from its rainstorm dream.

With tuggy hair awry, how feart that field looks

to the rising sun.





Written by James McGonigal.


Published in Jim's collection In Good Time, Red Squirrel Press, 2020, available from www.redsquirrelpress.com

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