Fluorescent Screams

So many people translate
the english language into outrage
without really hearing
any of the words
or parsing for meanings
other than what they know
a statement must mean.

When house cats are used
as suicide bombers
it will proves the new Visigoths
are bloodying the earth
with roman stones
and burned law books
releasing those tying straps
to feline torsos.

The new Buddha
sits under a piñon tree.
He listens to the magpies’ chorus
while eating peaches.
And wild horses struggle,
skin rib-bone stretched
and salt-crusted nostrils
seek water.

copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney

Prohibited By Buddha

A nun stood
in a square
outlined in chalk.
One of many squares
of varying sizes
and colors
on an uneven sidewalk
with three dandelions
through the cracks.

A river smooth stone,
a charcoal black
Chinese character cut
and painted on it,
sits in the upper loop
of the number eight.
Or infinity.

Lighter than air
the nun hops
the boxes
to the delight
of all the neighborhood

copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney


According to the Wikipedia entry on Hopscotch, in the section titled Origin, the game was prohibited by Buddha, with a link to games Buddha would not play. When I read this I found it curious.