The Buddhas

tell us not


to think of

a heaven,

of a hell…


This breath comes.

That breath goes.


Then nothing.



Klara Dan

von Neumann,


drove from home

to the beach—


walked into

the surf and



Woolf wrote:


“Dearest, I

feel certain


I am mad …

again… I


am doing

what seems best…”




sealed off


the kitchen

with towels


to stop gas

from drifting


into where

her children


were sleeping.



Lao Tau says:


“Heaven and

earth are not


humane. They

regard all


as straw dogs.”



The next day

morning came.


nothing at

all changed.


Straw dogs

don’t bark.



William Waters is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston Downtown. Along with Sonja Foss, he is coauthor of Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation.


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