Middleway Post Office
Station 9

a handwritten sign burned into redwood bark
proclaims 'This is Padma Jong Buddhist Shrine'
welcome $1.00 please confirm your reservation

take a tour-Rick as Ramon calls him signs people
for a tour of the grounds we hesitate somehow
tempted by his easy manner--Come in out of the cold

declining we move toward a narrow path leading
down to the river still muddy with last night's rain
the mountains a scroll brushpainted against the sky

deep in Ramon's pack a cornucopia
of surprises and like an ancient magi produces
a morning feast of cashews and juice

down the road, two Indian women wave their arms
and motion us we confused walk away
from Padma Jong and follow after them

Dos Rios--station 10
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