8/06/2010

The Dalai Lama

This is my offering for Friday Flash 55, hosted by the inimitable G-Man at Mr. KnowItAll.

I send thanks to my friend Tracy Harris, an excellent writer, who inspired me with his delightful poem, Laughing Buddha.

And for another lovely Bhuddist-inspired poem, check out Paradoxical Time by Jamie Dedes.


The Dalai Lama

He stands in robes
Of red and gold,
Always cheerful
Eyes a-twinkle.
He looks at peace,
As if he knows
Something unknown
To you and me.


His eyes turn upward
As he listens.
And then he smiles,
Face wreathed in wrinkles.
And he prays aloud
“Ha! Laughing Buddha,
That’s a good one!”

The Dalai Lama


105 comments:

  1. lol. if we could all achieve that same peace...nice 55 patti...

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  2. Wonderful poem. Nice tribute. I dearly love this Buddha-man. When we think about the responsibilities he took on and stuck with since age seventeen, I feel nothing but admiration and gratitude . . . and all he really wants to be is a quiet monk. :-) I'm going to add posts to your poem and Tracy's on my Buddha-post today.

    Thanks for this.

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  3. I love the serine figures in buddhist outfits..
    You explained Lama beautifully.
    Like you PattiKen.
    Mine is here

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  4. That's him all right. I only saw him in person once from a large audience, but I could see the twinkle all the way from the stage.

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  5. Brian: Indeed. The Dalai Lama always looks so happy.

    Anthony: Thank you. That's good to hear.

    Jamie: Thanks for visiting and for putting a link back to my Dalai Lama on your post. I really like this man too. He emanates wisdom and compassion.

    swputh: Thank you so much! I like you too. I'm glad you started contributing to G-Man's 55 and other memes. Your words are too good not to share.

    AA: Thank you. My daughter-in-law was parked at a scenic overlook in Western Massachusetts a few years ago, and a black car pulled up. Several men in robes got out to look at the view. One of them, dressed in a red and gold robe, was the Dalai Lama. He looked over and smiled. It made her day. Heck, it may have made her year. Turns out, he was speaking at Smith College in Northampton.

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  6. Hi again . . . and thanks for linking back, Patti. If I'm not mistaken . . . new to this . . . you participate in Jingle's Thursday Poets Rally Week . . . check out the scope of her endeavor here. You'll have to scroll down to the P.S.
    http://wp.me/pne74-3SQ
    Just amazing.

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend. I look forward to your next post . . . and thanks again for the Dalai Lama. A treasure, just like the man himself.

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  7. What a beautiful 55. There is never enough peace, serenity, joy and smiles in this world. This 55 was uplifting. Thanks.

    PG

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  8. A beautiful soul and a wonderful 55!

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  9. "wreathed in wrinkles" is a nice touch of poetry.

    Laughter is is indeed!! Keeps us young and fun.

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  10. PG, Felicitas, Cowboy & Jannie: Thank you for your visit and kind comments. I am so happy to have you here.

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  11. Great poem, Patti! It's always nice to see when I see the Dalai Lama in an interview...very peaceful and intriguing man, certainly someone to be admired.
    Thanks for the wonderful mention...Big Smile on my face when I saw that :)

    Tracy H

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  12. Ya know...
    People think that I look like Buddha.
    They sometimes Rub My Belly!
    Loved your 55 Patti.
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

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  13. i really think he has a friendly face - i like faces which are ...wreathed in wrinkles...from lots of laughter and smiling - beautiful 55 Patti

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  14. lovely 55.
    u r such a positive and pure minded soul,
    I enjoyed your way of thinking.

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  15. very nice Patti, love the Dali Lama's face and smile.....bkm

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  16. Patti, I SO LOVE THIS POEM!!! You have captured exactly the joyful essence of the Dalai Lama. How lucky for your daughter-in-law to receive a smile just for her. Loved your friends' poems as well, thanks for sending me all of these links. Hmmmmm.......I should try to write one about him too. (New Thought!) Loved your photos as well. He is older now, and frail, but still as joyful and full of laughter. A beautiful being.

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