Chinese Vegetable Plate

Where Is My Veggie Plate?

I shouted in the cafeteria
having gathered stir-fried string beans,
snow peas, water chestnuts, baby corn—
ready to eat and now it's gone.

The neighbor said a waitress took
it away while I was searching for
a clean fork, and helping hold
the pan for the pastry chef

slicing pieces of cake to a plate.
The manager promised to make
me a fresh plate of vegetables.
Then suddenly I wake up, but

want to return to the dream
to finish my dinner and taste
a slice of that angel cake.
Just wait a minute!—

why be so foolish to satisfy
the dreamer's hunger when
I could get out of bed and
have a real bowl of oatmeal.

Sage Ramana Maharshi told
his students "The same mind
creating the dream world is
makng the waking world now

and both states are illusory!"—
It's time to wake up, wake up
to the real eternal state and
taste the bliss of fullness.

Peter Y. Chou
Mountain View, 1-5-2020
(Dream 1-4-2020, 8:40 am)

Angel Cake in Dream

Oatmeal in Waking State

Ramana Maharshi

"Awakened State"
Giel Sato drawing in
Diary of Zen Monastic Life