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drawing the world
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Sunday, July 25, 2010

At the Monastery

Teaching Haiku/Brush/Sketch
at Zen Mountain Monastery this past weekend,
I encourage my students to step through
the doubt and hesitation and get something
down in the sketchbook.

At the end of the workshop
I walk up the wooded path to the cemetery
to visit my friend Richard Barsky.
It's been twelve years since he died.

I stand in front of the vertical grave marker,
looking down at the capstone that covers his ashes.

I hear Richard's voice inside me,
"Go ahead. Do it." 
I open my sketchbook - and get something down . . .