Damaged Buddha

Hebei Province. Sui Dynasty

Headless
           an opalescent torso
                       fluted with memory
                       a procession of form
that is arm-less and so
                       free of holding:
                       as if
at the moment of
             Shravasti
                       flames
exploded the thinking self
           splendidly made
                       a pyre
of the suffering days
            with ground waters washing
                       all the pain clear.

But hold my feet please
            my soles remain
                       and still burn
                       with speech.

 

 

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