I practiced Zen in my shed today —
At first I was only looking for the shovel
But then I saw the rust and my father’s tools,
And I realized more work needed to be done,
And today was the day I had been waiting for:
I will take breaks when needed
To walk to the trash can
To sit on the shitter
To drink more water
But in order to find the shovel
I will put back the drawers that are
Filled with rust and reorganize their contents
In a good enough way
And take the things that don’t belong
Out onto the driveway
So I can put them back when I know where.
If i find the shovel, i will use it;
If not, my pickaxe will work
Just as well;
I learned that the nails do not have
To return to the drawers where they used to live;
Everything can have a home
That’s good enough for now;
And if I get too tired
I can vacuum up the rest of it.
I will not be afraid of my shed;
I will not be angry about my shed;
I will organize it slowly
When I have time
Because it is my art too.
I never found my shovel,
But a man needs a shed
Where his tools can be found.