Good sir – you claim there is no “I”.
Your Buddha says it’s just a sham;
that all is one, and that is why
we ought to merge,
repress the urge
and give a damn.
You say desire upholds the ego
(selfish bully, source of sin)
but void of self-hood where can we go?
Scale the mountains,
flow in fountains,
OK; let’s cultivate the glow.
We’ll sit and let Samsara roll.
(Be careful – lest your aura show!)
Then still the spin
and glimpse within
I find a catch in this your theory.
True, it sounds quite mystical…
in practice, though, it makes me leery.
give way to fears
without an “I”, who pays my rent?
Why learn, why sing, why plant or reap?
Why should the criminal repent
if there’s no he
who wronged the me
with no harm meant?
image: Tales of the Buddha Before He Got Enlightened
Writer: Alan Grant
Artist: Jon Haward
Colorist and Letterer: Jamie Grant