Monday, June 19, 2017

John Cage Passing By

John Cage Passing By

A beautiful fish which gives pleasure to fishermen
serves only to frighten the bicycle.

This is not a poem about John Cage
He simply illustrates my points
concerning people who pass on the street
or stop and interact.

Listen to Cage’s voice:
“Kwang-tse  points out that
a beautiful woman
who gives pleasure to men
serves only to frighten the fish
when  she jumps
in the water.”

On the street I watch men swivel their heads
to watch such a woman
walk past
knowing that if she turned around
and came back
they would scatter like fish.

Or, those who might stand still perhaps should run away.

In another of Cage's recitations he ends:
“There, that’ll give you something to cry about.”

It goes like this: “Another monk was walking along
when he came to a lady who was sitting by the path
weeping. "What's the matter?" he said.
She said, sobbing, "I have lost my only child."
He hit her over the head and said,
“There, that’ll give you something to cry about.” ”

Our own experience of hell depends upon much.

You hit me with a stick
and I hit you
with the same stick.
Or if not the identical stick, some comparable tree branch.

There, that will give us both something to cry about.

A beautiful fish which gives pleasure to fishermen
serves only to frighten the bicycle.

Keep walking. Or stand still and wait.
Life will find you either way.







Sandy Kinnee

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