Our Poet, to satisfy a deep yen
To purify the soul from all that’s ill,
Gave book-dealer Joe a twenty dollar bill
To buy a ten buck book explaining Zen.

“My change?” asked the Poet with a shy grin.
“No change from me,” said smart book-dealer Joe.
“There’s one Zen truth you really need to know
To karma the soul: Change comes from within.”

Our poorer Poet then entered the pizza place
Where Sam the man was the pizza king.
“Your order?” said Sam to the Poet’s face.
“Umm,” said Poet, “make me one with everything.”

At the bottom line of spirit’s hungry quest
Poets turn East, and end up in the West.


Emilio DeGrazia, a long-time resident of Winona, Minnesota, began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine, in 1977. 

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