The Teacher

One teacher walks the long road of heavy burdens. The teacher must remember to walk this straight road of gravel and dust and enjoy the wayside grass. The stations will remain indefinable. The teacher will walk with purpose. The teacher must remain clean shaven on his skull and face. The rice cakes must remain fresh and edible. The robes must gently flutter in the wind. It must be sunny. The sky will remain open for seasonable hours. The teacher may follow the bailiff but he may not be the bailiff, regardless of moonlight or rain. The roadside grass will be reasonable even if the blades are full of mystery. It is forbidden for him not to be grave and light-hearted. It is forbidden for him to forget. And if he should encounter a skull upon the roadway, he shall remain silent and wait until the bones speak or laugh.