The Wall

Sitting. Eyes on wall.


Noticing the cracked green paint. The black ant crawling across my field of vision.

And the wall said, Watchyu lookin’ at?

I didn’t respond, just let the question be.

I would’ve painted this thing blue.

And the wall repeated, Watchyu lookin’ at?

The question hovered like a blazing shiver.

I could make out a lotus among the cracked patterns.

Then the wall bellowed, I said, watchyu lookin’…

It was then I realized it wasn’t the wall questioning. I was projecting—it was me all along.

Then Huang Po said in a pastel voice, The perceived cannot perceive.

Those four words fell like an ax.


Corny New Age Recipe

Mélange of a Mirage

1 cup hot tears

1 ½ teaspoons love

1 ½ teaspoons hypocrisy

1 cup angry words

½ cup laughter

¼ cup pessimism

1 dream; beaten

3 cups thought

sprinkle of worry

  • Pour hot tears over love, hypocrisy, and angry words until dissolved.
  • Once cool, add in the laughter dissolved in pessimism.
  • Gradually fold in the beaten dream and thought.
  • Sprinkle this mixture with worry and knead viciously.
  • Cover and set in a warm stuffy dark place in the brain to double in bulk.
  • Once doubled, yell and punch the stuff down then divide it into 3 equal parts.
  • Roll the pieces over and over in your mind until you have 3 long strands.
  • Carefully twist those strands into a tight braid and scream.
  • Brush the top with another beaten dream of your choice.
  • [Optional] Sprinkle with seeds of worry or hope.
  • Bake in the hothouse of memory and Viola –Mélange of a Mirage!

Tasty, voluptuous, gorgeous, divine! Enjoy with a strict glass of wine!

[You can experiment and change the taste, fragrance and texture; for example, instead of 1 cup of angry words, you can make it 2 or add 4 beaten dreams instead of 1. In the end, it all comes out the same—a lovely Melange of a Mirage!]

Bon appetite!

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