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?”

Student looks
at his bottle of water.

Student says, “Whoa.”


Student said,
“I really considered suicide.”

Master said,
“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.