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Doug Anderson: When the Soldiers Came

They found the old monk Cheng Liu
sitting in meditation at the Temple gate
and shot him full of arrows.
When they dragged a young monk
out of the temple, he laughed 
and shouted, Fools, Cheng Liu 
has been dead a week,
you’ve killed a dead man!
They killed him with an ax.
But all day General Hsiang could not
get these words out of his mind.

Copyright 2021 Doug Anderson

Still shot from the film “The Cloud of Unknowing” by Ho Tzu Nye (source: Guggenheim)

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This entry was posted on January 25, 2022 by in Poetry, War and Peace and tagged , .

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