While bowing up the Coast of California on a pilgrimage I attempted to subdue my taste for sweets by cutting all sugar out of my diet. To encourage my resolve I wrote this song, "Sweet Tooth Blues." Since then I have added a bit of sugar to my diet, not too much. :^)
by Rev. Heng Sure
Sugar is this Bhikshu’s bane,
Just one bite can fog my brain.
One sweet cookie melts my spine;
Gets me drunk as quick as wine.
Turned by sugar that I ate,
I forget to cultivate.
Red of face and short of breath,
Unconcerned by birth and death.
Sugar makes me want to rap,
Makes my tongue begin to flap,
Makes me want to laugh and play,
And wander from the Middle Way.
Sugar makes my thoughts run on,
‘til concentration’s lost and gone.
This monk’s eaten his last dose of
Dextrose, syrup, and sucrose.
People like it good and sweet,
And sweeten everything we eat.
Read the label, yes it’s true,
There’s sweetener in the toothpaste, too.
People like it sweet and good,
We sweeten nearly all our food.
Not to pick and find a fault,
But why put dextrose in the salt?
Sugar’s fine for one sweet lick,
But greed for pleasure makes me sick.
Sugar used to taste just great,
Now I would rather concentrate.
Of all the flavors, I confess,
I’ve grown more fond of bitterness.
So when it comes to sticky treats,
Forgive me when I pass on sweets.
One day to be really true,
I must put down no sugar, too.
Until then I am glad to be,
Bittersweet and sugar-free.
© Rev. Heng Sure 2004 All rights reserved.