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Peter Schireson: Awakening


The monk sits

upright, unmoving

in the garden, 

when a ripe apricot 

falls from the tree—

Plotz! Suddenly, 

he wants to be 

among people, 

go to a party. 

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.

Copyright 2019 Peter Schireson

One comment on “Peter Schireson: Awakening

  1. John Samuel Tieman
    June 1, 2019

    Lovely poem — it made me thing this —


    an old Catholic prays The Angelus
    his favorite rosary broke this morning

    a Holy Card drops from his missal
    it’s now that he knows this truth

    that he needs to run and just run and
    God damn everything he passes

    Liked by 1 person

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