My ninth collection of poems, The Zen Master Poems, will be published by Wisdom, Inc., one of the world’s leading Buddhist publishing houses, in Summer, 2016. I’ve been a Zen Buddhist for over 50 years. I’ve been publishing Zen Master poems for the last twenty years. My Buddhism leans toward “crazy Zen” and is quite consciously filled with American references and allusions, including some to bluegrass and others to railroad crossings and Johnny Cash and frisbees. :-) http://zenpoemszenphotosdickallen.net
The long black hearse of October having passed,
I step back into the house, which remains darkened.
How shall we speak with each other now
that we’ve fulfilled our obligation to be seen
mourning for what we never once regretted:
the sound of the hearse, the yellow leaves upon it.
©2015 Dick Allen