The mala beads

 

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On a bridge
in London town
came a man
from the Orient,
shaved head
and yellowed robes.

She bowed to him,
he bowed to her
and thrust some
beads into her hands.

She thanked him.
He stopped her -
he wanted money.
She laughed.
He wanted $20.
She smiled and
gave him two gold coins.
He wanted $20.
She smiled
and returned the beads.
He smiled
and gave them to her
anyway.

She chuckled,
bowed again,
knowing a monk's
precept
is not to handle
gold or silver.
He must be on
hard times,
monk or not;
a blessing to him
and his
resourcefulness.

In the Tao
is kindness
and compassion
and laughter.
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