it came with a bookmark from a long-defunct San Franciscan bookstore

guru priest
pastor politician
comedian leader.
they do not give
they do not have it
to give.

a book arrives
in the mail,
inside it a
Best Wishes!
Christmas 1977.
Love Brian”.

it is not
the utterance
of the words
that brings us
our peace,
rather it is
our place in
the chain of speakers,

a thousand years ago
a human who
looks much like
you or i
earnestly recited
words of devotion.

these same words,
still, on
our ears,
our tongue;

“your pulse,
it beats in my

mostly in the dark, a man sits and looks.

Published by Zak

an intertidal island in an ocean of impermanence.

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