High Coots

Peter by the lake
Pens haiku on butterflies.
Writing moves the earth.
Green woods, cobalt sky,
White clouds, primary colors.
Few pastels to paint.
Monsoons, heavy rain, 
Clover & moss come alive.
Read a book; stay dry.
Peaches & cherries,
Early season Hotchkiss fruit. 
Corn, chilis yet to come.
Walk, hike, trek, ramble,
With friends into Swamp Canyon.
Elderhaus on foot. 

the joke




The Deli Lama

This cartoon is a shameless pseudo-hack of two jokes, so no, I didn’t think of the punch line, so sue. The first joke really isn’t a joke per se, it comes from a book called “Awakening the Buddha Within” by Lama Surya Das, aka Jeffrey Miller, aka “The Deli Lama” which is what his mom called him after the author in his 20’s, a Jewish boy from New Jersey traveled to Nepal and became a buddhist monk. The part about, “Make me one with everything” is from a joke that goes, “What did the Dali Lama say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything.”

So there. I’ve deconstructed the cartoon and probably sucked all the humor right out of it. But life is suffering, right?


Robbers never strike at the homes of the poor;
Private wealth does not benefit the entire
Calamity has its source in the accumulated
           riches of a few,
People who lose their souls for ten thousand
The Basics Never Change, as evidenced by this from Wild Ways, Zen Poems by Ikkyū (Translated by John Stevens, White Pine Press), who died in 1481 at the age of 87. D. Dorworth
Ikkyū was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals.