Jan 4, 2011

theory of relativity

i've always loved the buddhist teaching tale
about the guy who was so enlightened 
that shit and gold were the same to him.
my sister glimpsed enlightenment 
last week when florida went arctic.
she and her dog went out 
for their evening exercise walk 
on the darkest coldest night.
not in the habit of thinking 'keep warm,'  
she forgot her gloves. 
it wasn't very long before
she realized her hands were freezing 
even in her pocket!
and then she had a happy thought
(picture the lightbulb going on above her head)
..."oh boy, soon i will have a nice warm plastic bag of dog shit in my pocket to warm my hands!"

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