My poem “When the bodhisattva wept” published in Return to Mago

one of the strongest poems i have ever read. heart touching. thank you Donna!

poetry from the frontera

Paubha painting showing Vishnu Mandala (15th century). Jayateja, Public domain

O Lotus that blooms from a tear of compassion fill the air with your intoxicating scent Remind us that anywhere there is concern or sympathy for others clear water blooms When the bodhisattva saw the suffering of humanity a tear formed a lake of pure water From the clear fresh water grew a single Lotus From that Lotus stepped the compassion goddess O dear one, enlightened one accompany me on this last journey of mine for I am scared Outside my window the desert lies beneath a sun killing those who suffer the weight of all civilization on their back The air here is poisoned with toxins The water is itself a miracle each time it appears falling over my fingers yet is refuse recycled from the filth made by people just for the fact that they are human I…

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