Monk poems are contemplative in origin.
They arise from persistent focus and
consistent intent then issue in some
nonresistant notice relative to
matters of spirit correlation.
They are sutra-like in their making, at best
rendering concise but comprehensive,
if cryptic, sayings with content certain,
when integrally understood by those
concerned with spirit.
As such monk poems point to the monkhood
of us all, our best self. The monk within us all
is the best self of each striving to be
free, so faithful as to be able to face all
with clarity: compassion: charity.
Best self is tested each day by the spur of
every moment calling us to accept with grace
whatever rises, no matter the turn of events.
The best self, if not perfect, is always
on the way to perfection.
Monk self accepts itself as it is, as it is not.