my zen gets tested everyday

what is zen? work or play


is the glass half full

or is it half empty

I look and I see

that I have plenty


I see the dog has no patience

when it comes to eating

devouring my shoe, I pat his head

rather than give him a beating


the water faucet drips

an annoying sound

I submerse myself

in its constant pound


a man speeds around me

and my slow moving car

he raises his middle finger

I’m number one, a motorist star


I stub my toe and I’m

not sure what to do

be as silent as a zen master?

no, I yell out, “my toe is now blue.”


new tests will come

the grades aren’t kept in a file

measuring the progress

of my zen trials