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My father, Gotama
walks around, shrugging kings off his shoulders;
Wake up! Wake up! He says,
these dreams you paint all become nightmares:
Black is the earth, the color of mourning,
White is the bone, the color of mourning,
'yes' and 'no' turn the wheel of living and dying,
all flesh returns.

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The following comments are for "My father Gotama"
by johnlibertus

This is the wisdom of Ghandhi, or Tibetan monks, or Chief Joseph. What a marvelous poem. There is influence in this work from somewhere. More than inspiration,I think.


( Posted by: williamhill [Member] On: August 11, 2005 )

Waking Up
This is a grand poem and beautifully written. "Black is the earth" "White is the bone" - both "the color of mourning" - much truth there. Simple, powerful and edifiying.

Regarding your poems: I hope you recall that you sent me "Tyger, Tyger," which I still have and enjoy. I'd love to have any other poems of yours that are not in that particular collection. Regarding my out-of-print stuff, I have a few printed copies stashed away, but not on computer. Do you still have the same email address at hotmail? I'll try it tomorrow and see if I get through. If not, and you still have my email address, drop me a line and we can make an arrangement.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: August 12, 2005 )

John's Father
Black and White. So potentially cliche, yet not here - for some reason.

"shrugging kings off his shoulders"

really struck me. I thank you for not doing the old " of ..." That always gets to me.

Nice poem. Thanks for the read - I'll keep at it for further understanding.


( Posted by: GibsonGirl [Member] On: August 12, 2005 )

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