Henri Cole


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Buddha And The Seven Tiger Cubs

Holding a varnished paper parasol,
the gardener-a shy man-off-the-street-
ripple-rakes the white sand, despite rainfall,
into a pattern effortlessly neat,
meant to suggest, only abstractly, the sea,
as eight weathered stones are meant to depict
Buddha and the hungry cubs he knows he
must sacrifice to feed. I sit
in a little red gazebo and think-
ast he Zen monks do-about what love means,
unashamed to have known it as something
tawdry and elusive from watching lean
erotic dancers in one of the dives
on Stark Street, where I go some lovesick ...

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