Does a Cow Go "Mu"?

An Interview with Buddhist Poet Dick Allen

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Can you share with us one of your favorite poems you've written? Thank you for asking. Here’s one of my favorite poems, first published in the small magazine Free Lunch. I like it both for its quietness and its casualness/causality:  

Because a Blue Heron Flew Overhead

Because a blue heron flew overhead,
It was a good day to butter bread,

To listen to James Taylor, Stockbridge to Boston,
And visit the Garden of the Unsuccessful Politician.

A good day to ask a clock what makes it tick,
Or place one brick upon another brick,

To remember that if you think, there are ripples,
But also if you don’t think, there are ripples.

And because a blue heron flew overhead,
We swept up the porch, we made up the bed.

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