Cowboy Koans by Noah Cicero
The student is drinking water from a plastic bottle.
Student says, “What is zen?”
to the master.
Master says, “Can you drink
the word water?”
at his bottle of water.
Student says, “Whoa.”
“I really considered suicide.”
“You don’t have to kill yourself,
it is already over.”
Master: What is a hammer?
Student 1: It is shaped like a T and made of metal.
Student 2: It puts nails into walls.
Master: (pointing at wall) The feeling you get from that picture.
-from Bipolar Cowboy
Noah Cicero is an American novelist, short-story writer. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the author of six books of fiction and two ebooks.