Fred Babbin

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Koan - Poem by Fred Babbin

A koan is a question that is almost unanswerable.

The long, bloody, sword of memory –
When it can no longer cut,
When those wretched thoughts
Are no longer there,
Where will I be?


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  • (4/30/2009 12:29:00 AM)

    When flame is extinguished where does it goes......................Good Write.......... (Report)Reply

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  • (7/1/2008 8:18:00 AM)

    I like this and know how true it is. Since I have recently retired and started writing poems like you did, I feel like I am sharing experiences. It seems like the memories of the regretful past persist more so now than the happy ones, and, of course, one dwells on the future of this soon-to-pass experience. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 11, 2007

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 24, 2011


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