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Warren Falcon

(04/23/52 - xxxx / Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA)

After Folly - An Aging Poet Addresses One Who Wanders In Mountains Remote


'Now I've broken my ties with the world of red dust;
I spend all my time wandering and read all I want.
Who will lend a dipper of water
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  • Warren Falcon (5/6/2011 1:43:00 PM)

    Thanx, Juan.

    Han Shan was a Chan Buddhist 'mad man' who lived remotely in high hills and pissed off the orthodox Buddhist community by running into temples during ceremonies and farting loudly during the sutra chanting and kow towing...the outraged righteous mobs would chase him from the temple and through the village while Han Shan laughingly calling out, ' HELP HELP! ! I'm being chased by mad men! ! '

    He'd scratch his poems on rocks, on walls, on trees during the night and, thankfully, someone or ones wisely wrote them down...Han Shan is one of the progenitors of the 'crazy wisdom' tradition in Buddhism...

    He's my kinda Holy (Mole) Man.

    Zen and other 'flavors' of Buddhism is full of such mad ones. Jesus had a lotta 'chan n zen in him...just read his Sermons on the Mount and parables...mind and morality twisters! And He, too, was chased by mad men and answered tricksterishly to the powers that be, both sacred and secular.

    Good wanderings to you...and here are some Han Shan poems available online for ready digestion!

    http: //books.google.com/books? id=3JQL3CdgSgkC&dq=cold+mountain+poems+burton+watson&printsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=7j7ETbmPIYiugQeJxvnKBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=11&sqi=2&ved=0CGkQ6AEwCg#v=onepage&q=cold%20mountain%20poems%20burton%20watson&f=false (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (5/6/2011 12:50:00 PM)

    My friend as one who has done his share of wandering in the mountains(California not the middle east) I am very intrigued by your poem, I think it is absolutely wonderful. I am ashamed to say that I have never read Zen or even met a Buddist but your poem is highly superior Warren. Thanks for sharing with another aging poet. (Report) Reply

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