The Question

Attempting to ask the question

is like grasping for fish

with closed fists.

Perhaps it is more clearly

heard if their supple

silver bodies

are allowed to slip

through open fingers,

yielding to the ripples

of no trace.

the questions will ask and answer

themselves in the

articulate silence

of soft sitting.

written during Rohatsu Sesshin, December 1-8, 2019

Dharma Rain Zen Center, Portland, Oregon