Can’t you?



Poem 13

Can a koan be yours

If you steal it?

The teacher said to think about the koan

“Form is emptiness”

But the teacher gave it to someone else

And now I want it

For my own

Can’t you own a koan?

If a koan is form

And form is emptiness

Can’t you own

Can’t you




















About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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2 Responses to Can’t you?

  1. Russ L says:

    That made me laugh! Bravo!


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