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clock stops ticking
birds listen
Buddha is silent in the garden
                  
master climbs the mountain
student follows his footsteps
footsteps disappear
 
dust settles on flowers
sleep descends on eyes
moon rises in the sky
 
woodpecker taps
rooster crows
a morning symphony
 
fear builds a nest in my hair
it flies off somewhere else
fear returns to the nest
 
roses climb
garden is full
contentment grows like weeds
 
no flowers grow
in the garden
of illusion
 
birdsong is the music
of the air
a concert at dawn
 
alone in the dark
a single star appears
then vanishes
 
moon reflects feelings
that lie inside
hidden during the day
 
a pool of silence
sends ripples
around the world
 
fog blows in
cool and luminous
like a cloud from Atlantis
 
cat sits on Buddha's head 
orange cat green Buddha
the Buddha smiles
 
candle flame burns brightly
then one day
goes out
 
Avalokiteshvara speaks:
WAKE UP
I fall back asleep
 
I ponder the dharma
like a monkey
gazing at the moon
 
my final words
will be
my greatest haiku