Anger Management

(“Anger Management” first appeared in The Thunderbird Review (Vol. 4) in April 2016.)

The Zen monk says,

You are crossing a river

by ferry at night.

 

A man

in a boat

in the dark

is coming straight for you.

 

You yell

at the man

in the boat

in the dark:

Turn away,

damn you.

 

The man

in the boat

in the dark

hits you.

 

Then you see

the boat is empty.

Your anger evaporates.

 

Even if there was

a man

in the boat

in the dark,

do not be angry.

He knows not what he does.

Just like

an empty,

rudderless

boat.

 

Sure, but

that man

in the boat

in the dark

has free will.

 

And he keeps screwing up the river.

 

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About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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