One-Leg Koan

From the pond bench you asked me
to enthrall you with a haiku,
and so I improvised:
“One nod from Shiva –
Hundreds of gathering gulls,
Suddenly airborne!”
Behind us a gaggle of gulls in unison
immediately squawked and in a fervent flash
all wings flapped and fluttered suddenly skyward.
We noted the apparent avian synchronicity,
no longer much surprised by such persistent agreements,
but simply enjoying our mutual glad astonishment
at the humorous appearance of anything at all.
As we relaxed and gazed at the uncontrived sameness
of each and every experience, all conditioning and ambition
resolved with nods and smiles, what next interested us
was a motionless one-legged seagull, standing there
in inconceivable non-action, in the unstructured
matrix, the actuality of emptiness.
Had it resolved the basic state of reality
and cut through doubts about topics of knowledge,
defying the limitations of permanence and annihilation?
As we blissfully pondered that critical question,
we were able to determine this much:
At first, it had no origin but was empty.
Next, it had no dwelling place but was empty.
At the end, it had no destination but was empty.
This emptiness was not made of anything
and yet the gull was clear and cognizant.
Just then, seemingly out of nowhere,
a waddling three-toed Coot approached the gull
and, halting before the balancing bird, mirrored
its yogic posture by standing on one foot itself!
Did we require any further demonstration
of the union of clarity and emptiness?
Is there really any other paradise than this?

About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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