Bikku under the Bodhi Tree


Bikku under the Bodhi Tree

by T. Wignesan

yogi under the banyan tree
                yogi under the bodhi tree
bikku under the banyan tree

         waiting for release

bikku in blissful nibbhana
yogi in extinguishing moksha

Penniless poet under the tenement roof
Jazz organist under the pavement sky
Struggling novelist under the Riviera blue
Russian ballerina under the American umbrella
Apprentice painter under the Sistine Chapel
Sculptor Underground

          waiting for the agent’s call

burning Anne Frank manuscripts in an air-raid fire
singular melodies drowned in the descending drone

Kafka writing without a morrow
van Gogh dabbing his tormented palette under the Arles sun
Sartre turning the Nobel Prize down for teenage girls
Siddhartha abandoning his body’s palace for the people’s pain

         the common man unable to abandon his workload family

bikku under the bodhi tree
his body shrivelled under the saffron robe
his begging bowl filled by karma-earning hands
the last trichinosis-filled moksha meal

bikku rising on a thousand-petalled flower
bikku piercing through the cakras’ splendrous colours

         bikku on a burning pyre

From: 

T. Wignesan

 

 

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