VENEER

Peel back the veneer
to discover the object
always below the surface
for all objects have veneers
and the true object
always lies beneath.

Grasp this new object,
study and consider it
then peel back
its veneer and discover
the true object’s
true object.

Continue as though
playing with
an infinite set
of Matryoshka dolls
until you realize
the true object
is no object at all.

BALANCE

The young man says, “I cannot comprehend
how karma can be balanced.”
The woman laughs, says, “you remember
but I was once a stripper, that I
took off my clothes, and being naked
in the presence of men was nothing,
since to them I wasn’t a person, just
an object of momentary desire, but
that life is behind me, as you know.
But as a healer, my therapies take
me to the strangest places,
like the swingers’ club which
hired me to do massages, and there I
was the only one dressed, they were naked
and I am certain at that moment
karma found almost perfect balance.”
“Now,” he laughed, “I have two
images I will carry in my head forever.”