Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Backyard Buddha



Backyard Buddha
meditates all summer
rejecting
wild monkeys
of the mind
Being
the breeze
Pulsing
to cricket's song.


Backyard Buddha
meditates all winter
accepting
darkness without
and within
Being
shut away
Pulsing
to mouse music.


Backyard Buddha
meditates on bits and pieces
knowing
stone bodies
 crumble
Being
a silent witness
Pulsing
to a finite tune.


Backyard Buddha
meditates every season
accepting
worlds
inside
Being
pure awareness
Pulsing
with galaxies.




(Photograph and poem by Bonnie MacEwan-Zieman, 2009)

12 comments:

  1. Hi Bonnie! I love this because it reminds me of my headless buddhas. I've moved to a new site, please come and enjoy!

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  2. wow. love this one...rejecting wild monkeys of the mind...i could use a bit of that today...

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  3. I love the back yard Buddha..and the poem...

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  4. Seems to me that Backyard Buddha is very wise.

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  5. The art backyard buddha is too good.
    I am a fan of art.
    Your buddha seems amazing.

    Thank you

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  6. This is so cool!
    Love that line:
    "rejecting
    wild monkeys
    of the mind"


    ...actually, the entire poem.

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  7. What imagery that brings to my mind, my wild monkey mind! I love it.

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  8. Bonnie, I can feel the knowing of your Backyard Buddha - contemplative and oh so wise. Seasons and change, constants and change, the ever present stillness unfolding. So very well done - APPLAUSE APPLAUSE dear friend. I sitting there with you...

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  9. PS. Upon a much enjoyed repeated reading, the feeling of complete accord with a knowing shared. You have so skilfully and artistically captured the Buddha Presence - one I deeply hold to heart and spirit. Thank you for these moments received.

    You had suggested, in response to an APOGEE Poet post, that I put my poem in the garden pagoda. I would like to suggest the same - this would be a wonderful read for your garden visitors.

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  10. What a great poem! Wonderful imagery.

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