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I take Buster out for his walk,
above us, wild geese
fly south, honking,
going nowhere, geese without edges,
no longer geese.
Where did they go? asked Baso.
“Away,” Hyakujo answered.
Baso gave him a poke:
“Are they really gone?”
Peter Schirerson lives in Palo Alto, California. Originally from Los Angeles, he went to school at Cal Berkeley, University of Victoria, and Harvard University. He has studied Zen Buddhism in the U.S and Japan and is a priest and Dharma lineage holder in the Suzuki Roshi Soto Zen lineage. He is the author of The Welter of Me and You published by Autumn House Press.