Not My Problem


Started a new set of prompts – I love lists of things – this one will prove to be endlessly productive for another couple of years – 227 Rules For Monks. Another of the 13 saṃghādisesas. 4Not to propose sexual intercourse to a woman.


Not My Problem


we were in the same cafe together

I didn’t notice her


I am a man


I knew she was in the cafe

there were others there

I was aware of them

but I didn’t notice them

I was on line

drinking my coffee

I wasn’t looking at her

I didn’t realize

she was looking at me

I was not thinking of having sex with her

or with anyone at the time


I am a man

but I do think of other things

besides having sex with

whatever woman happens to be near by

no I wasn’t ignoring her

at least not in a deliberate way

I saw her come in

then looked away

I looked away

because I knew if I looked too long

it might be seen as inappropriate

that I was objectifying her

so I looked away

I keep to my own business

I did not speak to her

I did not approach her in any way

you have a problem with that



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