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Shoveling Snow With Buddha

Rating: 4.0
In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over a mountain
of his bare, round shoulder,
his hair tied in a knot,
a model of concentration.

Sitting is more his speed, if that is the word
for what he does, or does not do.
Even the season is wrong for him.
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Catherine 19 December 2020
I neglected to say that the program is on Face Book and to find it just go to Billy Collins Face Book page.
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Catherine 19 December 2020
For you who like Billy Collins, he has a wonderful program on every day at 5: 30 Eastern Time. Very informal, he chats about everything and anything and reads and discusses poems - his and others.
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katie 11 September 2020
the boots stand dripping by the door
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Dr Antony Theodore 25 June 2020
Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes and leaning for a moment on his shovel before he drives the thin blade again deep into the glittering white snow. a fine poem. tony
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Mr.PoopiePants 10 May 2019
This Poem is very good. Billy Collins is a VERY GOOD FRICKIN POET SUBCRIBE TO PEWDIEPIE OR DARTHVADER! ! ! ! ! ! BTW THIS KID NAMED M I L E S IS
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Tommy Stroller 05 August 2018
A fine piece of work, nicely judged between the practical acts of snow-clearing and the Zen of its uselessness
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Madeline Bishop 28 March 2018
Does any one else who reads/likes French poetry see that his voice is much like that of Jacques Prévert? Prévert is also considered a people's poet although I think his use of the poem's structure to convey meaning is perhaps a bit more skillful than that of Collins. Regardless, I love them both!
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Dorrie King 30 April 2017
Doesn't he mean Wat, a temple in Thailand, and not Wok?
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Ilene Kasper 24 November 2017
HI Dorrie, I interpreted the use of the word wok (a type of pan used in Chinese cooking) to symbolize a statue of Buddha that you often see in Asian restaurants.
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Kinyua Karanja 08 July 2015
Great poem of these days I just liked it.
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A marvelous poem and it is good.
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