In his own particular heart
Gutei knew the fundamental
Meaning of Zen as a raised finger.
When his attendant attempted
To convey this idea to a pilgrim
Gutei sliced off the poor boy’s finger
And asked him the old question once again:
What is the meaning of Zen?
And when the boy spontaneously
Tried to raise his missing digit
He became truly enlightened.
This weekend, when we ask the meaning
Of Easter we look to the cross
And see a man suffering for our sins
But the meaning of the Christian
Koan is the emptiness of a tomb,
An abandoned shroud tossed
Haphazardly on a dusty slab,
A quaternion of soldiers sent
To find the ravaged body
And a ragged group of blissful women
Trying without success
To point in the direction
They believe He went.