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Daoist Master


Every Morning The Nurse

an orange tabby

and I struggle

He adjusts


to my need to sleep longer

no longer driven out-of-bed

to sit zazen and go to work

for slaughterhouse capitalism

at 3:30 AM when the youth-

fully devoted consider bed

Now it is a leisurely 5:30


with full discussions with the alarm

of the Golden Mean a feline's needs

and the busy world of Dreams When

i-Began-Koan-Practice the question

is does this cat have Buddha-nature

of course the answer was mu but

in the liminal world

he was a parasitic

alien astride this

cultural ghost

of self


clawing away-wonders-of-imagination

to leave me among the myriad stars

cold and absolutely alone- This morning

I could not sit due to other commitments

among wandering Sages and Borderlands

he greeted me gently with compassion

and waited patiently to be fed


Done he crawled into bed with his Master

and slept saying clearly I sleep all-day

in order to conclusively and with love


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Lovely and rather gentle ... a bit of a downshift from the apocalyptic, Doctor! You should ask your cat (who obviously understands you) ... What is the sound of one paw clapping?



Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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He does seem to function as a snooze alarm. :)) And he's quite the master! No matter how early I go to bed, my body can't get used to waking up before six. Five-thirty is such an obscene hour! Perhaps he should come live with me ... ;)


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Thanks Tony Ded!


appreciate the feedback- The original poem made it much clearer that he is my partners familiar not mine- and despite the occasional threat to the Nurse that he is a 'Free Cat' for sale, he has adopted us and we have no say in when he breaks the deal;-)



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Hi DC,


A wonderful weaving of meditation and the mundane. I suppose you already know the answer to this:



does this cat have Buddha-nature



Here in my part of the world we'd say that you have a karmic link with this cat and definitely all sentient being have the Buddha nature inherent in them.



Love the gentle tone and humor in this.




Even a single enemy is too many and a thousand friends too few - Bhutanese saying.

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