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January 6, 2009

Chogyam Trungpa: a poem, on playing with Dangerous Maidens.

With thanks for the tip to Tatiana Papas.

This poem, beautifully calligraphed, used to hang in an old dark red drafty barn at Karme Choling in Vermonth, where I lived and worked and practiced and lumberjacked for four years while attending a Dead Poet’s Societyish high school. ~ed.

 

When I ride a horse
I hold my seat.

When I play with snakes,
I snap them on my wrist.

When I play with dangerous maidens,
I let them talk first.

~ Chogyam TrungpaCollected Works, Vol. 7, p. 554

 

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