AN ALIEN(‘S) JOURNEY

He has just returned
from the land of Others, where
he expected to see
all manner of things
that would, could
never happened to him.
He thought he would be able
to explain why this was,
but now those things
are happening to him.
He suspects it is because
he came to close
to the land of Those People,
and he is certain
are the cause
of all the trouble
in his carefully
constructed world.
It is why, he says,
he never wanted
anything to do with them.

LEGACY

We often believe that the best way
to honor the dead is to praise them.
When my time is gone, do not praise me
for your praise will fall on deadened ears.
If you believe in the power of the word
speak aloud in my name,
if you dare, commit the deed
as you believe I might have done,
if you can, lift up someone else
even though my arms may have been
too weak for the task in my own day.
As I am leaving you a world,
you will soon enough leave one as well,
and if that world is better than mine
for the sake of your efforts
that is all the honor I could hope to imagine.

CLIFFSIDE AGAIN: HEKIGANROKU CASE 5

HSUEH FENG’S GRAIN OF RICE

It is not the seeing
but the looking that
will drive you to the edge.
It is easy to see, you
hardly need eyes for that task,
but to look is beyond seeing.
Do you think this
a mere grain of rice?
Look closely, do you see
the entire world?
Do not describe
what you see, describe
only what is there
without words, for words
are incapable of providing
a description of everything
even when held in your hand.