ROMANI KOAN

 

Sometimes I hear my little

But probably annoying

Voice

From the past

Like when Gran explained

That Romani culture

(AKA Gypsy)

Taught that below the waist is

Mahrime, impure

But above is clean

No one is to touch below the waist

Except a husband, someday

So here is what I hear

From my young voice:

“What are the hands?

They are attached from above the waist

But hang below the waist

So are hands pure or impure?”

“Tachmo!” exclaims Gran

“Exactly!”

What?

Above or below?

Can’t she ever answer clearly?

Tachmo

Zen lesson number one…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Koan—sound—free images

 

 

 

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