Engage! welcomes a new contributor, Tony Staples, a poet who has generously offered his work for the blog.
I am a 52yr old man living in the UK. I have been a prison officer for 29yrs and retire in a couple of years. I have recently ceased my political activity which lasted 10yrs in left wing politics. Those that knew I was in the prison service described me as an anomaly as ‘screws’ are usually right wing at the very least. My interest now lies much more in Engaged Buddhism.
I became interested in Zen about 20yrs ago through my Judo training. I can say now that I attach to no particular brand/sect of Buddhism. I only recently realised I was doing Buddhism not being Buddhism. I am not an intellectual and tend to try and strip Buddhism down to the very basics as my poetry will show.
Below is a bio of sorts and I hope, firstly you understand my reasoning and secondly you like what I have written. I use the pen name ‘Snowflake’.