the sunflower said, kōan 412.

the sunflower said, “hi.”

the sun stared back down.

the sunflower said, “you are very beautiful.”

the sun stared back down.

the sunflower said, “and quite round!”

the sun stared back down.

the sunflower said, “why won’t you talk to me?”

the sun stared back down.

the sunflower said, “okay!”

don’t stare at the sun: it’s bad for your eyes. but try staring at something you like for five minutes. when you’re finished, do you like it more or less?