“On Reading Dogen” (Kim Hodges)

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On Reading Dogen

Reading Dogen I ask
‘what is the one true thing?’
looking up from the book,
my face reflected in
the night windows —
murmur of conversations,
someone coughing behind me
in the cafe.
Dogen says it is the rain
on the black roof.
Maybe it is the swish
of the constant tide of cars,
the clink of glasses,
the woman’s turquoise jacket
as she sits, back to me,

—Kim Hodges
—from Tiny Poems

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