To begin ...

As the twentieth century fades out
the nineteenth begins
it is as if nothing happened
though those who lived it thought
that everything was happening
enough to name a world for & a time
to hold it in your hand
unlimited.......the last delusion
like the perfect mask of death

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pictures at Nara: Kofuku-ji Temple

Buddha Riding

on a lion’s back.


Jizo’s Vow

“no hope for me
(the bald man says)
“before the others


The Guardian

his head bent,
fingers twisted


The Guardian (II)

in his arms
about to


The Young Guardian

a cobra
on his head


A Protector Against Poisons

like a rain god
& his face
a hawk’s


Ashura (I)

4 faces
& 6 arms


Ashura (II)

a lamp atop
his head
a snake around
his neck

eyes staring out


Ashura (III)

horned head
& screaming
set to heave
his lamp


A Buddha

as the day when he
was born