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Buddha This Way, Buddha That

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land or sea or sky
Buddha this way, Buddha that
ineluctable
 
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By gods and poets
the Buddha forges pathways
through the wilderness.
 
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Did the Buddha laugh
as he lost himself in bliss
underneath the tree?
 
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Buddha, when the wind
comes howling down the mountain,
will your shelter stand?
 
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At an old hotel
Buddha stops to take a bath—
the towels have holes.
 
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If he wants to eat,
Buddha pays like all the rest—
no one’s lunch is free.
 
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Three strong cups of tea—
Buddha sips along with me,
but takes no sugar.
 
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From the topmost shelf
the bust of Buddha crashes
to the kitchen floor.
 
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I pay eight pesos
to sit beside the Buddha
on the bus-stop bench.
 
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Buddha by the barn,
do you hear the cow forlorn,
lowing for her calf?
 
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Buddha gathers words,
then flings them in the meadow
for mice to nibble.
 
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ten thousand flowers,
but for Buddha only one—
a dandelion

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher

 
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Dreaming of the One

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This week’s words are: chance, nest, secret, clever, swept, ripe, blinked, stars, basket, flesh, saw, hand
 


 
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I dream of the one
who stole my seven ripe plums,
while I blinked back tears.
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
I dream of the one
whose basket was filled with stars,
harvested by hand.
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
I dream of the one
who thought himself so clever
that he swept my heart.
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
I dream of the one
who saw my naked flesh, yet
did not turn away.
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
I dream of the one
I met by chance one evening
in a secret place.
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
I dream of the one
who helped the wren pad her nest
before the storm struck.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More Poetry Pantry #170
 
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Seven Circles

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Sacred Heart Church, Farmington, New Mexico
 


 
~~ 1 ~~
 
golden the glowing
driving darkness from my door
holy the circle
 
~~ 2 ~~
 
on a mountain ridge
drawing a simple circle
she protects herself
 
~~ 3 ~~
 
one fragile bubble
burning in circles of light—
there will be weeping
 
~~ 4 ~~
 
a circle of stones
rare as forgotten language
beckoning me near
 
~~ 5 ~~
 
in the next canyon,
a spacious place for camping—
cottonwood circle
 
~~ 6 ~~
 
black cat dips one paw
into circles of sunshine
on the kitchen floor
 
~~ 7 ~~
 
The sunflower ants,
dizzy with nectar, stagger
in circles of light.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
 
More Carpe Diem: “Circle”

Mother

Virgin in disguise
Fábrica La Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, México
 


how a wise mother
weaves her children’s tomorrows
using threads of chance

 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Rusting

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Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

 
 
Text and photo © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Old Man

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The old man’s blunder:
thinking that the early rice
would be abundant.
 
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a browning paddy
early rice plants withering—
see the old man cringe
 
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Choosing to digress
from discussing early rice,
the old man yammers.

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Six-Word Whirl

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Sometimes paradise
is defaced with rusty stains
that God can’t scrub out.
 
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in the garden pool
abundant summer magic
ten thousand tadpoles
 
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Sometimes paradise
is the heart of God breaking—
only three pieces.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
in the garden pool
little ripples of intrigue
the minnows flashing
 
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Sometimes paradise
is Christ clang-clanging a bell,
keeping us from sleep.
 
~~ ~~ ~~
 
In the garden pool
a bullfrog finds the answer
to the sizzling heat.

Text © 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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Garlands

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a dearth of mercy
but no shortage of garlands—
returning soldiers

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Garland”

Cabriole

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taking center stage
ballerina’s cabriole
scissoring the air

 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
More September Heights 2013: “Ballet”

Lantern

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Zacatecas, México
 

A single lantern
cannot light a whole city,
but one prophet can.


 
© 2013 by Magical Mystical Teacher
 
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