I harbored the thought
one day becoming a monk,
and not only because saffron robes
would be well within
my usual color choices.
I knew it was a pipe dream,
I love, too deeply, to disavow,
life and I’m sure my past lives
wouldn’t take all that long
to catch up with me, karma
can be a total bitch and
she will never deny it.
I asked my grandson, age four,
if I had sufficient Buddha nature
to consider being a monk.
He laughed, and said I had
enough monkey nature to someday,
just maybe, become a Buddha.

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