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M.S. Rooney

                                    Katagiri Roshi,


man I met twice.

To sit with you

was to be in a bowl of light.

When I heard you were dying,

I wrote.


Your wife wrote back for you:

“A pick-up-truck is standing still

on a vast field.

I see many beings bringing oil

across the field

from the ten directions.

The truck will make his engine-

starting noise soon.

Thank you.”


Oil, trucks:  what would they say

at Eiheiji Monastery to that, Roshi?

Would they say you had found

a new way

to drive the teachings West?



M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals and anthologies, including ASSISI, BLUESTEM, THE CORTLAND REVIEW, FUTURECYCLE, MAIN STREET RAG, and THEODATE.