Poetry Bardo

I am re-posting previous work during March.
Since 2014, I’ve published 30 original poems
for National Poetry Writing Month every April.

You can read more by clicking the NaPoWriMo widgets to the right

 

🕉 Bardo Plane 🕉

Once I hoped to write like Ginsberg—
but Allen Ginsberg went to hell.
His bolder Buddhist poetry shines,
then opens like an empty shell.

In vain one searches for the pearl
within the lyric art he showed us.
Open wide his rotten oyster—
seek the center of the lotus.

Perverted lost Semitic soul,
lyrical ranter,  mind unhinged . . .
he celebrated sin and shame
while crew-cut culture cringed.

His beatnik aircraft took off fast,
flew into bardos of the damned
promising enlightenment—
but the cockpit was unmanned.

 

 

Unhallowed #2

O nobly-born, listen with full attention, without being distracted:
There are six states of Bardo, namely: the natural state of Bardo while in the womb;
the Bardo of the dream-state; the Bardo of ecstatic equilibrium, while in deep meditation;
the Bardo of the moment of death; the Bardo during the experiencing of Reality;
the Bardo of the inverse process of sangsaric existence. These are the six.
Multitudes will be liberated by that recognition;
and although multitudes obtain liberation in that manner,
the number of sentient beings being great, evil karma powerful,
obscurations dense,  propensities o too long standing,
the Wheel of Ignorance and Illusion becometh neither exhausted nor accelerated.

 

 The Tibetan Book of the Dead
translation:  Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup