we were sitting round

passing the bottle

talking loud about buddha

& the old man slid in

said listen son

you got it all wrong

talking philosophy

as he reached for the jug

now is the time

be getting your house in order

get the job do the work

set the future in motion

then sit under the bodhisattva tree

look after your brother

the time will come you will

put your folks in the ground

after that you can meditate

have something to chew on

about the meaning of life

the answers you might’ve found

he grinned finished his drink

cackled some

burped a little

said thank you

I’ll be on my way

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