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I don't seek the stone bowl
Buddha used while here:
she dwells on moonbeams

I can see her smiling
with wind-chiselled breast
in sexless solitude

her light is not priced
but gifted to enlighten
the silver linings

R K Singh

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The following comments are for "SEXLESS SOLITUDE"
by R.K.Singh

Hi, Claire, thanks for reading the poem. A phrase like "sexless solitude" happen rarely, but at the end it's very satisfying, both to the reader and the creator.

( Posted by: R.K.Singh [Member] On: October 26, 2004 )

I don't claim to understand the depth of this piece or its references, but it is beautiful. It's like a song that you like to listen to, but can't make out the lyrics. I would like to know the meaning, of course, as I thirst for knowledge, but as yet I am ignorant!

( Posted by: GibsonGirl [Member] On: October 29, 2004 )

comment by Gibsongirl
Hi, I am happy the poetry of the poem touched you and you felt like understanding its depth.
The first stanza deals with a Buddhist story (popular in Japan?). The legend relates to a poor couple who were childless and wanted God to bless them with an issue. They got a beautiful baby girl in a bush and they reared her showering all their love , care and affection. When she grew up they wanted to marry her. Several persons approached them, but they found fault with each and did not give her in marriage. It seems the girl was destined to live with them only for a certain period, which, once over, they couldn't help and she disappeared, merging in the moon.
She was so beautiful they themselves didn't want to part with her. But they couldn't retain her either. Her beauty was God's grace, for everyone, if not enticed by outer charm. Her dwelling in the moon in sexless solitude (as I see) is pure, permanent, and enlightening. It cannnot be bought. The narrator sees a silverlining in the legend even today, a very materialistic,sexually explicit society we have around us.
Don't you see the image more poetically now?

( Posted by: R.K.Singh [Member] On: November 1, 2004 )

Yes, quite
It is more beautiful now than it was. Stately and shrouded in absence. I like the description as well as the verse.

( Posted by: GibsonGirl [Member] On: November 1, 2004 )

Gibsongirl's comment
Thank you, Lans. Very rarely someone takes a deeper interest in a poem. I feel rewarded by your appreciation of the poem.
Best wishes

( Posted by: R.K.Singh [Member] On: December 14, 2004 )

even without knowledge of this allusion, I think the poem can stand on itself ;-)

( Posted by: webguy [Member] On: April 24, 2005 )

webquy's comment
I fully agree with you, webquy.

( Posted by: R.K.Singh [Member] On: June 12, 2005 )

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