A parade marched through the town.
Everywhere was music:
dancing and singing
brass bands playing
and kettle drums
boom budda boom budda boom.
exquisitely bright and beautiful
designed and made
with magical hands
sewing magical threads
onto magical bits of nothing
and oh, those play people
designed to look like others
riding busy bicycles
some with real wheels
some with imaginary ones
how on earth
will we know
which ones can be ridden somewhere
and which ones are just for fun?
laughing out loud
at their bright beauty
and streams of thinking flow:
Hey, I've got nowhere to go anyway!
I'll take three candy apples
oh, and one with caramel
and that silly hat there
and the electric blue one
the one with the made-up wheels
rainbow crepe-paper and hibiscus
tucked in the spider-web spokes
and ride off up to the moon
like the kid in ET.
--dedicated to Chantelle Rytter, with love and appreciation for your magic
invites you to find out what you are.
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, "I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me."
The patriarch responded, "I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning."
Said the nun, "You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?"
"Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?"
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