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Not My World by David T. Manning


Dear God

Please feed

the needy


with squirrels

I can’t see




Chuang Tzu's Funeral


When Chuang Tzu was about to die, his disciples began planning a splendid funeral.


But he said: "I shall have heaven and earth for my coffin; the sun and moon will be the jade symbols hanging by my side; planets and constellations will shine as jewels all around me, and all beings will be present as mourners at the wake. What more is needed? Everything is amply taken care of!"


But they said: "We fear that crows and kites will eat our Master."


"Well," said Chuang Tzu, "above ground I shall be eaten by crows and kites, below it by ants and worms. In either case I shall be eaten. Why are you so partial to birds?"


From The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton

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Taken on August 18, 2012