Encounters 12 & 72
When Dylan sat down in the lotus position
next to Buddha for tea, neither knew
who the other was; it was better that way.
Dylan: Hey, man, I’m writing this song about
how some women get completely lost,
like they can’t seem to go home again. Any ideas?
Buddha: Good looking women from America?
Dylan: Yeah. Any place in the West.
Buddha: Directions are very important in the West.
Where I come from, we simply “wing it”.
Dylan: The geese seem to know where to go & I doubt
if they’re bullshitting us.
Buddha: In America you require a house. Then directions
on how to get to it.
Dylan: Well Mister, you’ve given me a whole
mess of farmland to chew on. But is there a trick?
Buddha: A trick to what?
Dylan: A trick to untangling the knot?
Buddha: What knot?
Dylan: I need directions on how to untangle
my legs to get back home....
Buddha: Good luck with the song, son.
Mike Faran is the author of We Go To A Fire (Penury Press) and has appeared in Barbaric Yawp, Homestead Review, The New Laurel, Iodine, The Main Street Rag, and many others.