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Dirty Mop Monk

All in tatters both outside and in,

he claims he'll swab off every last trace of filth
from this world with his mop; I am dumbfounded.

A scrawl of black ink:
the back of Dharma's head!

My! What infant splendor!

Responding properly to you is no easy thing!

But as I stand panting here
at the crest of my life,

unexpectedly encountered,
a shower of grace!

Note: Dharma is used here in its original Sanskrit sense of 'truth'.