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Who Can Hear the Buddha Sing?

Who Can Hear the Buddha Sing?

Hafiz, Trans. Daniel Ladinsky

Hafiz,
Tonight as you sit with your
Young students
Who
Have eyes
Burning like coals for the truth,
Raise your glass in honour
Of The Old Great One from Asia.
Speak in the beautiful style
And precision wit of a
Japanese verse.
Say a profound truth about this path
With the edge of your sailor's tongue that
Has been honed on the finest sake.
Okay, dear ones, are you ready?
Are you braced?
Well then:
Who can hear the Buddha sing
If the dog between your legs is barking?
Who can hear the Buddha sing
If that canine between your
Thighs
Still
Wants to do circus
Tricks?
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

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