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Reflections on Suzuki

Kaplinski website

A poem by Jaan Kaplinski

Shunryu Suzuki
a little Japanese living
and teaching in California
couldn't be my teacher
one of my non-teachers
a little lit match from God's matchbox
sea wind soon blew out
somewhere between California and Estonia
somewhere between East and West
between somewhere and nowhere
nobody can find out what remained of him
after the wind has blown  and the tide
come and gone - the white sand
as smooth as before - but his smile
from the back cover of Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
has silently infected book after book on my shelves
and perhaps shelves themselves and walls and wallpaper too

thanks to Michael Wenger for sending this


This poem included in DC Afterword for Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind