Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Clay Feet

author’s note:

We of Northwest Arkansas welcome the 14th Dalai Lama to our humble home this week.


While the one
we call "His Holiness"
instructs us
in the ways of goldenness...

the people he abandoned
learn their lessons down
in the ashes.

But perhaps I criticize him
because I feel abandoned

or perhaps I wish to ignore
how I've abandoned
some vital part of myself.

Looking down,
I can't see my feet
amid all the ashes

yet I can feel
the certainty of gold
beneath my soles.

I'm learning so much
by walking in these clay feet.

© 2011, Michael R. Patton
myth steps

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