Bad Karma Sutra

Japanese lady beetle. There’s never just one. Photo: Dann Thombs,Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

The doctrine of karma can be pretty discouraging. This may be why so many, given the choice, prefer a merciful God to a just one.

Bad Karma Sutra

Aside from doing nothing, there’s nothing you can do
to avoid it. Think of all those bugs on the windshield,
the road through the marsh covered in hopping frogs.
And then there are all the inadvertent slights, the little
mean moments. Face it. Life is the reverse of a prayer
wheel, daily accruing bad karma to your account.

This is why, no matter how often you vacuum, more
Japanese lady beetles will always crawl out, landing
in the tea mug, walking on the butter dish, finding
a way down the neck of the shirt. The more you fight
them, the greater the stench. And if you ever let up,
they swarm across walls and windows like a case of DTs.

In your heart you know you deserve this, the way you
earned this pot belly through sloth, this raspy breath
through habitual greed. These aches and pains may be
the consequence of mouse traps or BB guns. If not that,
the leather in the jacket or the 10,000 chicken dinners.
But it will work itself out, if not in this life, maybe the next.

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2 Responses to Bad Karma Sutra

  1. David Duff says:

    Yeah but, what about those possums you retrieve from your dogs and give a fresh start? That’s gotta count for positive karma points, and the constant praising up of their tick eating prowess, bonus points. Not all doom and gloom, imho. Takes 1000’s of Japanese beetles to equal one possum’s body weight, and that counts for additional bonus points. And, rescuing spiders, that’s a really big karma point accumulator for sure. That’s according to those chanting “possible Charlotte” ad nauseam. Springs comming, chee up, sunshine! For a moment.

    • Dale Hobson says:

      Ah, but half of our bad karma is the unintended consequences of trying to do the right thing. We like to say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. It might be more accurate to say the road to hell is paved with intentions, period.

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