Blues for Zazen

"Did you ever sit down                                             
on a pillow that’s round
and discover that you belong there.
That your heart and your soul
yes they are truly bold
you can live your life straight
as an arrow.
You are right to the mark of the target
All the love in your heart it is pure
You are free in yourself-as the air is!
then you discover blues for zazen

yet you go on on your way
living day after day
knowing all you need do
is sit down.
everything that you feel
is a block in your path
and your reason for living 
is sorrow

and tho’ no one speaks
as you go there
to the quiet place that’s inside
you are all at One with the Heavens
even the Hell Gods let you pass by

If you’ve never sat down
on a pillow that’s round
you may just be missing
a great pleasure
tho’ it’s hard when you start
to just simply sit down
you’ll discover a joy
in your being

let the demons come
you’ll destroy them
let the terror grip
on your soul
let the joy of life
enfold you!
then you’ll discover blues for zazen
then you’ll discover blues for zazen
then you’ll discover blues for zazen"

  Joseph Jarman  1988

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