Sunday, 29 September 2013

nirvana

photo by Mark Haley 
a lone tree in the sharp hillside-
where clouds spill all over it.
that exact spot where the ghosts gathered.
do they worship the tree
or jump off the edges to be alive again?
that stone-laid path is of no use to the dead-
unbidden weeds swarm all over
helping the red hot ghosts to walk silently.
I wish for the patches in the sky to be covered,
taking pictures with my cell phone.
believe me, there were ghosts
but none in the photos
if seeing is believing, then I am a liar

"that image of Buddha in the clouds compelled me-
the story which has holes has to be told,
someday someone will be enlightened"




31 comments:

  1. Love the last four lines! Insanely powerful!

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  2. I love the notion of clouds spilling...beautiful write...

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  3. Nice bit of mystery here:) I don't think ghosts are photogenic.

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  4. I'm a liar too... believe me...

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  5. I liked the red hot ghosts the best.

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  6. Love the idea of the ghosts jumping off to be alive again. Freaky though that would be to witness.

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  7. I love that you brought a cell phone into this...it made it immediate. Your use of the Whirl words is expert, and you respond well to the Mag, too. Brava!!

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  8. helping the red hot ghosts to walk silently.....such an image!

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  9. Really enjoyed this! Great images with clouds spilling and ghosts jumping. Love the ending as well!

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  10. interesting imagery... "where the ghosts gathered" - love this part.

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  11. Taking pictures with your cellphone adds a touch of 21st century immediacy, wanting somehow to capture the shape of the moment even if the spirit is missing. A grand poem.

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  12. Of course there were ghosts...they were desperately trying to do what they forgot to do when alive. I loved where your piece took the reader.

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  13. This line: "...if seeing is believing, then I am a liar"
    leads me into more thought.
    I think that "believing is seeing"
    much more than "seeing is believing"
    HELLLLP! I going crazy--grin!

    LIKE your poem, gautami!

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  14. Yes, hard to take a picture of a ghost. :)

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  15. Love where this took you and thanks for letting me come along for the ride.......
    Cheers

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  16. nice write; unbelief is always part of creative offerings

    much love...

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  17. Like the idea of images of the Lord Buddha in cloud formations. It belies a feeling of salvation and inner peace! Nicely Gautami!

    Hank

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  18. the narration is simply good

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  19. Your words have an aura of the unseen but still felt

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  20. Very Nice work. I see the Buddha too.

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  21. I love how you brought the cell phone photographer into this ... so many images within the imagination can never be photographed ...and yet, they're there to see! No lie!

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  22. Spilling clouds, and ghosts at bay, or so we hope anyway.

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  23. Ghosts are like that damn it!
    Anna :o]

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  24. Love this, you bring ghosts to life.

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  25. Insightful and well written ... mystical magie!

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  26. where ghosts gathered..I can almost feel them in the air..

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  27. Your poem said quite a lot about the picture. Nice one.

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