February 22, 2017, 1:17 am ~ by Sokei in news
Poem in Memory of Alex Hoelting
February 20. 2017, Tahoma-San Sogenji Zen Monastery
Departing ones, as always, seem to leave
like the flow of a fast, steep river;
Calling out to them, they don't answer,
pulling them back, they are unstoppable.
Looking closely, thirty-one years-
It was like a dream,
a seven-colored rainbow,
shining and radiant,
like the bubbles at the tip of a wave,
Last night the sun went down in the sky
Yet at dawn again it illumines this world...
A memorial poem was sung and offerings made in honor of Alex Hoelting, son of long time practitioner Kurt Shinkai Hoelting