Grouse missed zazen one evening but came later to ask a question: "I'm hearing that some old-time students and even teachers act selfishly and cause dissension in the community. So what's the good of practice?"Verse
Raven said, "It takes, or it doesn't take."
Grouse asked, "What does it take to take?"
Raven said, "Practice."
Grouse sighed and was silent.
Owl said, "I don't get it. If practice doesn't take, how will more practice do it?"
Raven said, "I hope to live long enough."
The thing, missed --
A tree, a ritual, a song, a shot at love --
Leaves a vacuum
Which the question
Of its good
Fills, or partly.
Case by Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonRaven 43