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Poem: Try, Try, Try for Ten Thousand Years

"Try, Try, Try for Ten Thousand Years"

From this day forth
until I attain the very heart of enlightenment,
12 pm T-storms
1pm T-storms
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?

I take refuge in the lama—
the three rare and precious jewels.
2pm scattered T-storms
3pm scattered T-storms
I did.

From now until samsara is emptied,
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5pm Rain /  Thunder
And what did you want?

I shall work for the benefit and wellbeing of my mothers,
all sentient beings.
6pm Rain / Thunder
7pm Rain / Thunder
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.


 

This was a process poem.  The title comes from Zen Master Seung Sahn's slogan "Just keep clear mind, go straight ahead, try, try, try for ten thousand years."  The poem is composed of three interspersed elements: the refuge and bodhicitta verses from the Dudjom Tersar foundational practices; today's hourly weather report from weather.com; and Raymond Carver's poem "Late Fragment" that he wrote shortly after marrying his beloved wife while also reflecting on the effects of his alcoholism on his life. He died of lung cancer six weeks later.   

 

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