Taste Test


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. This is the last of the 13 saṃghādisesas: 13 Not to spoil the confidence and the consideration that the people have for the dhamma.

Taste Test 

It was a mistake

to look at his music collection

I just prayed

that none of it would be used

as background music

tastes I don’t share

don’t care to share

his love of musicians

of songwriters

I don’t take seriously

safe banal tepid stuff

so middle-of-the-road

I’d want to hit the next telephone pole

rather than listen to it


his taste in music

came as a bit of a surprise

as we were compatible

in so many other ways

he asked me

was there something I’d like to hear

this is his favourite

am I familiar with it

and I said yes but let’s not bother

we don’t need distractions

which he agreed was a wise choice


I didn’t offer any opinion

didn’t denigrate his taste

or rather the lack there of

I wasn’t there for music appreciation

I didn’t intend to let anything



from the momentum of the opportunity

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