you've got to hand it to Nagarjuna
taking it all together
putting it apart
telling us it is
it's not
it's both
showing us how samsara equals nirvana

not bad
considering he lived right here
in the midst of the Is and Not
just like all the rest of us

© September 1997 Leslye Layne Russell

This poem was published in the
November 1997 issue of One Dog Press.

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