Bodhisattva Vows

Bodhisattva Vows
by Albert Saijo

BODHISATTVA VOWS TO BE THE LAST ONE OFF THE SINKING SHIP — YOU SIGN UP & FIND OUT IT’S FOREVER — PASSENGER LIST ENDLESS — SHIP NEVER EMPTIES — SHIP KEEPS SINKING BUT DOESN’T QUITE GO UNDER — ON BOARD ANGST PANIC & DESPERATION HOLD SWAY — TURNS OUT BODHISATTVAHOOD IS A FUCKING JOB LIKE ANY OTHER BUT DIFFERENT IN THAT THERE’S NO WEEKENDS HOLIDAYS VACATIONS NO GOLDEN YEARS OF RETIREMENT — YOU’RE SPENDING ALL YOUR TIME & ENERGY GETTING OTHER PEOPLE OFF THE SINKING SHIP INTO LIFEBOATS BOUND GAILY FOR NIRVANA WHILE THERE YOU ARE SINKING — & OF COURSE YOU HAD TO GO & GIVE YOUR LIFEJACKET AWAY — SO NOW LET US BE CHEERFUL AS WE SINK — OUR SPIRIT EVER BUOYANT AS WE SINK

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