“Bugs in a Bowl” by David Budbill
Han Shan, that great and crazy, wonder-filled Chinese poet of a thousand years ago, said:
We’re just like bugs in a bowl. All day going around never leaving their bowl.
I say, that’s right! Every day climbing up
the steep sides, sliding back.
Over and over again. Around and around.
Up and back down.
Sit at the bottom of the bowl, head in your hands,
cry, moan, feel sorry for yourself.
Look around. See your fellow bugs.
Say, Hey, how you doin’?
Say, Nice bowl!