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June 2007, vol 3 no 2

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Ellen Komkbiyil

Cold Morning Zazen

In the mountain monastery, robes rustle and tuck. Breath patterns the air. Fog grows from the lake, hangs like rice paper on windows.

After the keisu sounds, struck-bell silence rings long and loud. Sitting in the after-sound.

a loon calls for her mate—
vibration inside
then on water