Friday, 29 May 2009

A Magical Evocation Born Out Of the Rigours of Choice

A zen student once composed the following haiku:

Clipping the wings of
of a flying dragon
is pepper dust.

To which the master replied:

Pepper dust
Give it wings
It's a flying dragon.

1 comment:

Karen Burke said...

George Herbert once wrote:

"Grief melts away
Like snow in May
As if there were no such thing."

Because Tom Paulin (poet and literary critic) told us (a class of students)that this was his favourite line of poetry, I went away and gave it some serious thought.

I came back with this:

"There is no such thing
As snow in May
As if grief melts away."

I was too cowardly back then to stick around and find out what Tom thought of my re-write.