cover of Zen Over Zero – foto by Smith

Now Zen 

It ain’t age.
It ain’t sex.
It ain’t race, religion, height,
    gender, color, class or learning.

It’s path, progress and position.
The road not not taken.
Be here now.
Hear now
    o eyes unseeing
    o ears unearned.

We’re all perfect potential
    cept maybe republicans, lawyers,
    the true organized crime called police
    the true whores called priests.

You can walk on water IF water wants.
Just ask.
Walk willing.
There ain’t no dark night’s ungentle light.
Ain’t nothing outside but lies.
But even lie true ain’t for you.
Walk within.
Don’t need no god.
No catholic pimp pushing blood feast.
My lie’s mine.
Walk my own walk.
Fuck the talk.

Grasshoppers gone wrong become ants.
Bad ants cry uncle, cry wolf, cry baby.
Goats goad sacrifice to sun.
Ritual requires repetition, release.
Nothing stays river’s run
    but drought’s dry dirt
    (and river still runs).

Rub your ears together.
Start a fire.
Flesh alarm.
Let gone go.
Lock lip.

Listen. 

                    [© by Steven B. Smith]


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Smith’s poems used with his permission.

For more, please visit Smith’s renowned art and poetry website at www.agentofchaos.com
Follow his and his wife Lady’s excellent adventures at www.walkingthinice.com 
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Get over 44 years of poetry and collages by Smith in Zen Over Zero

Read a Jesus Crisis blog about Smith at S is for Smith (my favorite poets from A to Z – volume 19)