“Sin City” by The Flying Burrito Brothers
“Sin City” in Alameda, California (the kids asleep) which opens a trapdoor of memory in my body and I hear “Sin City” (no kids then) in Providence, years ago.
Dogen: “yesterday’s time and today’s time do not go away.”
In Providence, “Sin City” because years before that, in San Antonio, some band had covered the song and I’d stood and swayed, transported. There in Providence, I had found the song, and was remembering swaying.
Dogen: “Because flowing is a quality of time, moments of past and present do not overlap or line up side by side.”
I swayed. Then years went by and I remembered swaying. Then years went by again. Now I remember remembering swaying.
Dogen: “so-called today flows into tomorrow, today flows into yesterday, yesterday flows into today.”
Dogen: “Closely examine this flowing.”
All quotes are from Tanahashi, Kazuaki, ed. and trans. Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, North Point Press, 1985.
David Rutschman is a Soto Zen priest and a hospice grief counselor. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, Massachusetts Review, Seneca Review, Witness, and other journals; a story collection is forthcoming from Forklift Books. He lives in California with his his wife and two young children.
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