douglas scotney

Freshman - 2,476 Points (boomer / Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Resides in Adelaide)

Morning Meditations: A Monk, Utter Silence, Chrysanthemums


1:
A monk, taken with utter silence by chrysanthemums
and with chrysanthemums by utter silence
saw chrysanthemums taken with utter silence,
utter silence taken with chrysanthemums
and both utter silence and chrysanthemums taken with a monk.

2:
For Morning Tea:
A monk takes utter silence with chrysanthemums
Which take it with a monk;

Utter silence takes chrysanthemums with a monk
Who takes them with utter silence;

Chrysanthemums take a monk with utter silence
Which takes him with chrysanthemums;

Utter silence takes a monk with chrysanthemums
Which take him with utter silence;

A monk takes chrysanthemums with utter silence
Which takes them with a monk;

Chrysanthemums take utter silence with a monk
Who takes it with chrysanthemums.

3:
A monk, taken with utter silence by chrysanthemums
And with chrysanthemums by utter silence,
Saw chrysanthemums taken by utter silence,
Utter silence taken by chrysanthemums;
Saw, too, that chrysanthemums could see
Utter silence taken by a monk,
A monk taken by utter silence,
And that utter silence could see
Chrysanthemums taken by a monk
And a monk taken by chrysanthemums.

4:
Equals
monk utter silence chrysanthemums

Submitted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 01, 2013

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