The Zen Master’s Breakfast
Why do so many Indian words
sound, in English, like breakfast cereals?
Samsaras—existence to existence,
the breakfast of champions.
Ninanas—twelve lives in one, plus bananas.
Shandhas—five essential ingredients,
add milk. A fruit, if you dare.
I take a box of Samsara
from my cupboard
and spill its bright grains
into my cereal bowl.