Bodhidharma’s Electronic Wall

Click, click, click, click, click –
the wraith of mind, attention,
ceaselessly shifts from thread
to thread, post to post, searching
in vain for the ghost of the host,
adrift in inter-locking cyber-streams
with a hard-wired impulse to know
and be known, to love and be loved,
to touch, O Bikkhus, and, yes, be touched,
even if only by small black lines and dots
flashing along a warm bandwidth . . .

restless, and wishing it were otherwise,
a streaming edginess of compulsive thought
emerges from an alternating complicity
of craving and aversion, a deep desire
that will not be denied yet cannot be
satisfied, a thirst forever unrequited,
while the digital wheel keeps spinning
another day, another dharma, another
sutra of here I am, where are You —
the secret not-so-secret screen savior
lurking perpetually out of reach . . .

and so the click, click, click, click,
taps out an ancient repetitive S O S
as a bleary nouveau Bodhidharma
for that not-so-new-age dawning
sits in trance before the cave wall
of an LED computer screen, dueling
with the pixel mind aglow within
that mirror, while out beyond
the dim-lit solitude:

the forest mists are lifting
and some redwoods in that forest
were young trees when Shakyamuni
taught that there is only seeking
and he called this searching suffering,
yet deep within the forest grove
the tallest tree they’ve measured
will be someday sliced like beefsteak
into reams of blank white paper
for some future mouse magician
ripe with internet-based dharma
to press PRINT and too late notice
they neglected to spell check.

buddha

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My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, and our lazy dog, Amos, in a lovely little mountain town called Paradise, situated on the ridge of the Little Grand Canyon, in the Northern California Sierra Nevadas. I have several other sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Free Transliterations of Spiritual Texts: http://freetransliterations1.blogspot.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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