21st century dharma bum

what does Jack know?

Jack knows Jack

what do I know?

I don’t know Jack


I’ve been on a journey

or two

have I been a leader?

a follower mostly and

where has it taken me


I’ve done some things

or three

have I been a planner?

a helper mostly and

where has it gotten me


I’ve climbed a mountain

or ten

have I been the first?

the last mostly and

where did I end up





at the top

and I’m still empty

but I’ll keep climbing


I am the universal being

balance, harmony and


the natural order of things

inside me— never far

a lighted man in kind

with Zen in hand and mind

“the way that things really are”       (Tib. Cho)


I know

I have realized— and

I always try to dharma my karma

but I still don’t know Jack

About troysherdahl

A blue-collar bohemian with a penchant for fine words and dirty jeans.
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