One evening Woodpecker asked, "What is the Middle Way?"Verse
Raven said, "Good question."
Woodpecker said, "You're dodging my question."
Raven said, "You're dodging my answer."
The good question, at home with an apt mind,
Accepts no final answer,
Invites offerings laid before it,
Considers each, yet is not put to rest.
Lives on and repeats, repeats.
The apt mind, at home with a good question,
Keeps open the course between
Destructions of one side or the other.
To fix an answer breaks the question.
Case by Robert Aitken, adapted; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonRaven 78