Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Zen Miscreant

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He was a Zen miscreant
His perspective all wrong
His actions nonsensical
He stuffed ethereal thoughts in burlap bags
and tossed them off bridges
He trapped effervescent hopes in bottlenecked jars
and put them up for the winter
His turgid insolence
stymied the other Monks
created a demented demarcation
that even the most enlightened meditation could not erase
He was a walking koan
He was the sound of one hand clapping.

in which we are asked to compose a poem with a list of 12 random words (in bold)


Laurie Kolp said...

Sounds like quite a character... love the title!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I ADORE this poem and the recalcitrant monk........very witty!

Brian Miller said...

the sound of one hand clapping...hehe...if it jacked with the other monks he cant be all bad you know...we all find our own road to enlightenment...

Karen said...

I love this! Kudos!

Maude Lynn said...

I want to be a zen miscreant!

Hannah said...

I love that last line..."he was the sound of one hand clapping," such a cool thought. Great lines throughout-fun to read, thank you!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I'm with Mama Zen!

lucychili said...

life and zen feel like an odd couple
it seems like the dream and the reality?

Anonymous said...

this made me smile! i love your use of the twelve words! especially love the ending!

Happy New Year!


Susie Clevenger said...

Love it!!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Oh...you make me want to hang out with him! :)

(LOVE those pencil mice in your header!)

Have a creative day, luv!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I adore this poem! Line after line, I wanted to hug the monk, and take something of his spirit home with me.

Kay L. Davies said...

Delightfully done, Lolamouse. Like Kerry, I'd love to meet this dear old miscreant.

Unknown said...

Fantastic how you blended the prompts and managed such characterization with random words. I like Brian's comment about how we all find our own road to enlightenment. Thanks so much for joining us!