Category Archives: heres the thing


when we are aware

of things

we realize


we and everyone else does

is done

with great loneliness



to be conscious of this = compassion

to be in denial of this = suffering




here’s the thing

every action has a reaction
this is karma,
a lot like physics
not too mysterious at all


there are no laws

scorpion night 4 pd lyons

scorpion night 4 pd lyons

There’s no place to go, so stay

Its not about going

but staying


Its not about looking

but seeing


Its not about doing

but stillness


Its not about acceptance

but allowing

the thing is, the buddha didn't go - he stayed

the thing is, the buddha didn’t go – he stayed


Do you KNOW the grass ? Muffin Man Zen

We Don’t KNOW Anything ‘Cause We Can’t


we can label

we can call this        a blade of grass

but can we explain

exactly what it is?


Do you KNOW the grass ?














First Day of Spring, by pd lyons

First Day of Spring

my daughter asks me
why did people invent war?
don’t they know it’s the devil not god that likes war?
do children have to fight?
do they kill children too?
boys, and girls?
how old are the children?
why don’t the soldiers just quit?

and then the sound of helicopter passing
she thinks it wondrous dashes off to look

and for all those for whom that sound is terror?

because of them
we must love the world
all the more.

unknown photographer

The Terrorists Stopped My Car, by pd lyons


this has to do very specifically with current political issues in Ireland, where if you stop a government official’s car during a protest over water it is called an act of terrorism and you can be arrested, and as of today’s verdicts jailed.




The Terrorists Stopped My Car


For two hours they wouldn’t let my chauffeur drive.

Two hours they spent trying to convince me –

That it was wrong to add another tax

That it was wrong to spend millions to set up a bonus company

    designed to collect millions more from them forever

That it wrong to add this to the existent burden of;

    decrepit health care, unemployment, scot-free bankers, unprecedented evictions,

    years of non-transparent squander.


For two hours they implored me to listen.


So what did I do once we got through?

After spending days telling every news talk, state owned television, newspaper how –

  Those terrorists , scared me

  Those terrorists who had nothing better to do with themselves,

  Those terrorists who had elected me,

 Those terrorists who voted for me and my party.


Yes that was it, I was afraid of them, terrified by them.

So in daring early morning raids

I had those terrorists arrested.

and then continuing on as Party  Leader

fixed the mask of Larkin

like cloth of an emperor across my double face

so anyone with eyes  could see



Alan W. Watts, “Advice? I don’t have advice.”

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”

― Alan W. Watts, born 100 years ago today

unknown artist

unknown artist

heres the thing – water protesters – ireland

When I see the photos of the “water protesters” (even those in the independent) I don’t see fringe, I don’t see paddy in a ditch, I don’t see unreasonable people, I don’t see thugs or mad men, I see the people of Ireland finally waking up, I see the people of Ireland saying we are not going to be your golden goose anymore, we are not the fools you believe us to be and I see every politician, newspaper, television station, radio station – all those upon whom the shoes of deceiver fit – tremble with well and truly justified fear.

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