Mudlark No. 55 (2014)

Clouds and the White Arms of Compassion

Wind-tattered prayer flags flutter above the Ura Valley.
Whatever we proffer is never quite ample: 

bruised yellow apples, 
yak butter for the altar lamps, 

a few lesser banknotes 
with the serious face of the king.


The cliff-side 
pines concealed
by fog, nearly 

Void outside, void 
within. East 

of Trongsa, reclining 
Buddha dappled 

in gold leaf, 
envisaging a time 

outside time, 
when a single 

human life 
might waken. 

Peter Marcus | Crossing 6th Avenue in Winter Sunlight
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