Poetry and Prose
I had the pleasure of visiting my dharma friend Catherine Cascade last week. She’s a dharma heir of Alan Senauke, and I am still thinking about a comment she made.She mentioned she had never been particularly attracted to the stories that are ubiquitous in Zen, but has always been strongly moved my Zen poetry. She said this has been true in areas other than Zen texts - in fact, she reads the newspaper as poetry.
Since then I haven’t been able to read the paper without seeing it as a daily poem -- a Homeric telling of the human condition.