Thursday, 23 April 2015

Mind Reading - Ken Nordine

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What were you doing the other day?

I forget. Why, what do you mean?

I was trying to read someone's mind.

Who are you taking lessons from?

He's a guru. Charlie Zen. Looked into a storefront with a sign in the window for free lessons.

Well, what is this Charlie -

Zen. Charlie Zen.

Yeah. What kind of lessons does he give?

Well, he talks funny, like in riddles. Sometimes, I think he's hiding something. He'll maybe say something like an empty mind is nirvana's workshop. I really don't know yet where he's coming from, and the lessons are free so.

The price is right.

Yeah. Last lesson I took, he looks me in the eye, stares at me like he's in a deep trance.

Sounds spooky.

And tells me that truth is right in front of you, and your back is turned. He's kind of whispering through right here. I thought he was talking to someone who wasn't there, and I turned around. Of course, there wasn't. It was just me.


Nobody in back of me.

How many lessons do you have to take?

Well, seven. He said if you don't get it by seven, there's no hope for heaven.

A guru poet.

Three more and then I'll know.

Then you'll know what?

What? Well, maybe I'll know if I'm able to read minds. I'll be able to look at someone and say I know what you're thinking.

Could you read my mind?

He's got a diploma on the wall, mind reader license, authorized to read minds. High class parchment, too, right behind him, framed in a gold frame.

He is a fraud.

Funny, that guy. He's a fraud.

Yes, I know. You're wasting your time.

I'm wasting my time?

I'm reading your mind.

Guy could be a fraud?

He could be a fraud. Tell the truth.

I'll tell you the truth. I have doubts about him, too.

You have doubts, see. I can read your mind.

But it's free. He's fun to talk to.


He's the only guru I know. Although the next time I see a shy girl, all freckled, I'll look right into her mind and see what's going on.

She's worried.

Like a good mind reader. Without asking a single question.

I know, I can read your mind.

Like a good mind reader should.

She's worried.

She's worried.

She's worried about her -

She's worried about her freckles falling off her face.

That can happen.

That can happen.

She doesn't have a full set.

She doesn't have a full set.

That's what she is thinking. Next time you see her, see if I wasn't right.