Lee Evans


Immortal in Splashed Ink


Immortal in Splashed Ink
by Liang Kai, 12th century

Who would think that such
a miserable wretch as this
would be an Immortal?
How stupid and how vague!
If he is even conscious,
you’d put it on a par with a slug.
And yet—and yet—
experience will vindicate
his nebulosity.
His bald head,
unkempt beard,
ragged robes,
bare chest and feet—
all bespeak the end of birth and death.
He is unborn, for he craves nothing.
He will not die, for self is only a dream.




Lee Evans lives in Bath, Maine and works for the local YMCA.