we need more books of the dead
what happens to the soul
when the body goes kaput?
does sit atop a mountain
contemplating the Tao?
does it go to the Western Paradise
to sit at the foot of Amida?
or does it wander in some distant woods
where it’s always sunny and breezy?
the only thing to offer the hungry
and the only thing to offer the sick
so I say Kwan Yin of the gentle hands …
and throw it to the eight winds of heaven.