A Zen Sonnet


A Zen Sonnet

(news clip on WTNH-TV, New Haven, CT)

It’s the knowing of not knowing, the firefighter said,

about to leave New England for those summer thermals

zigzagging Montana. One day you might be helicoptered

into a canyon, sweat bullets, get almost killed.

The next you’re watering down the roofs of suburban houses

and the neighborhood kids give out pink lemonade,

grateful you’re there. The firefighter was burly,

one of those words you don’t much think about

until you see an example—an overjoyed burly man

packing his firefighter gear and ready to be shipped

willy-nilly, hurly-burly. . . . Life will come, life will go,


you may drink water from your hands


or stumble upon a little book of poems in the road,


who knows? Que sera, sera. Zen flows everywhere.

-Dick Allen

                                               Hudson Review

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