This is a pic of me and my buddies
at last year's costume party.
The nun in white, well, she wasn't with us.
I figure she just needed a smoke.
She asked me to what order did we belong?
Realizing she did not see through our disguises,
I said we were American but we had been sent to Thailand
where we did not have a tradition of fully ordained nuns (bhikkhuni)
and that outside the Thai Forest Tradition
we encouraged smoking as a way to commune with the trees
while we were back in America.
She said she was from Jersey
and that our trees were like her relatives
and that she was expressing her love for them
through the gift of smoke.