Burning of Books

Wise beyond years
burden so great,
made light with compassion          
heavy by hate.

A tangled web,
knots expertly tied,
in need of Houdini,
a Buddha or Christ.

Will transcendence prevail
or karma invoke
new life and regrowth
or pig in a poke?

Mistrust or faith,
what is mind or
decided by fate?

No power it seems,
no will or decision,
can shape what our dreams
make real or delusion.

Ha! Te Shan!
Burned all his books.
Do you know why???