“Saturday Buddha” painting by Jacky Phaengtho, Thailand. Poem by Aeronwy Thomas, U.K.

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Link: http://www.artjacky.com/gallery/Gallery/HomePage

MONASTERY IN SHASTA

As you say, Ann,
Buddhas were my thing
Long ago
in flower power days
we strewed petals
to honour him
sat in a lotus-like squat
and emptied our minds.
No mantras, no noise,
no distraction
only Buddha
on his plinth and us
with our backs to him
our bottoms raised
on kapok cushions,
contemplating the wall.
Buddha took no offence
and finally broke
the shackles
in my mind
eased my aching joints
and made me –
just by his wooden–
tranquillity –
and would break free
from all that grief.

AERONWY THOMAS

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