On being a guru

It is much harder to be a guru
These days.
Leading an impeccable life
Is no longer enough.
You have to know about E-mail
The latest GCG software
Gene-jockeying and transgenics.
You can no longer ride
Knobby-kneed on a bike
Clothed in a home-spun hand-knitted vest
With a begging bowl.
You have to own a huge HONDA
And a time-share.
Success in the market-place
Is as important as the sound
Of one-hand clapping.

Maybe that’s why there are so few of us.

Dunedin, NZ — October, 1993

Wha'd you think?