Finger Snapping Time

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Photograph of Blue Heron by Jesse Sublett

People can’t explain why they’re so crazy

The two evil birds on their faces

The three poison snakes in their hearts

One or another blocks their way

Making it hard to get hold of things

Lift your hand high and snap your fingers

Homage to the Buddha

– Poem #223 from The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain, translated from Chinese by Red Pine

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