Monday, April 09, 2012

How Do You Step From the Top of a 100-Foot Pole?

That's easy. You don't.
Here you are riding on the back of a Slavic centipede…
Very, very carefully.
Why'd you get up there in the first place?
Strap on your crampons and safety harness, and go for it.
Well, if the pole is lying on its side, no problem.
Is this a trick question?
Do a stunt dive. If you're going to die, you ought to die with flair.
To the top of the other 100-foot pole next to it.
Balance there on one foot for the rest of your life.
Open your wings; fly!

NB: the title of this poem is a traditional Zen koan.
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