The Blankness of Being

(Inspired by the Zen masters of China)

is too free

Like the stars in outer space 

and the severed head of Kali
sweeping away dust


making death howl
knowing that we do not want 
to be in church

Like being buried alive 
in the same place where we began
as if we had never existed at all.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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