If called before the Master
will you walk from east to west
to the Master’s Smile, or
west to east, to a sudden frown.
Will you approach the Master
bowing with words of gratitude
only to receive a blow of the stick
or seeking instruction in your failure
to an equal blow of the stick.
Ponder this carefully:
what is the answer?
I leave you the stick
to reach a conclusion.
A reflection on Case 50 of the Iron Flute Koans