Refusal Charm


Refusal Charm

Every rock a precept —
a fist in a garden of palms

a skull is a skull
she says

and I am        no iris

overnight the green beetles
have learned flight

now they lumber
into windows

bright asteroids        falling

I prefer other voices
in the lantana        or dirt

mounded in grids
asking        may I come out

no      it is late      too late


“Refusal Charm” first appeared here in October 2016.

10 thoughts on “Refusal Charm

  1. Dear Lord, “every rock a precept…”. That is one of the greatest statements about Zen I have ever read, maybe the best, and I spent nearly ten years researching Zen Buddhism in libraries, in China/South Korea/japan, and so on. Holy f*ck… what a mind you have Okaji Sensei. Dogen Zenji could have done a commentary or indeed a whole sermon on that line!

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