Four thousand bodhi

by Christos Polydorou

In future are we born
with this two souls
speakable yes
sungable yes
of saint

of bird

Such two purvey
sacredness
speakable yes
sungable yes
of aliens

As if Jade
Buddha
entwining brotherly
with Giant
Giant Bird
birthing nation
of smiling

Or when Stretching
Wings on
Elephant dropping
White Whales
thousand saffron baptismal baths
fragrant frankincense

Shall recall
when America
looked up North
are aeries of eagles rising

two thousand twelve
who great prophet
began savior
of planet
at last

And now
rest of world
did not have
greater
enemy

because
rest of world
was unified
by powers

beyond power
seen in flower
and gold

I reside
in gold and koi
and if asked
what else would
I say

my neighbor is
saint scintilla
poet

and Άγιος Ιωάννης
ο Χρυσόστομος
genius

and my wife Sarus

I am Crane

and we are
Sarus and Crane

future love birds
height for height
sky photographed

Sarus Crane for
Sarus Crane
height for
height
love for
life

not always so
once was I alone
in Lumbini
responsible
for belfries

ah those
days of yore
poured into centuries
separating us

tracing paper

on patterns
of devout
reincarnations
maps of
millennia and
meteorites

separating skies
for us
to share worlds
one world
now

Centuries
separating us
Patterns
of reincarnation
Maps
of millennia
Meteorites
through skies

tearing open
angels rocketing
gracefully
as eagles as
bells in chains
across
sky

overlooking
all beings
and all beings
here
are
meaningful

but was a turn
of loneliness
when came
copper plate
when came
hunter’s knife

fortunately came
Buddha’s cousin Devadatta
with copper plate
with hunter’s knife
to kill me

wars will wage in world

as long as wars wage inside of us

when wars cease waging inside of us

then there will be no wars in world

and no need
for my year three thousand wife
Sarus to have saved me
because she saved me
and that’s how we met

Devadatta was spared
and also birthed nations
No mass destruction necessary
planet is not a whalebone stay
in Emily Dickinson’s corset

She’s here
Living in bougainvillea and holly
besides Virginia Woolf

besides Maya
Ananda Nanda
Maha Pajapati Gotami

Though we are not transmitting
from heaven

here is remembered only
via nirvana

War ends
when lobha dosa
and moha end

when Sarus rescued me
from Devadatta

Jolly Buddha forgave him
And forgiveness is
endlessly
rewarding

So much so
even future
is to be remembered

I am Crane

I am remembering
fourth century
where we were all liberated
within nirvana
of our own liberation
Bodhi
to bodhi

In fourth century
are we beaming up
with souls four
souls squared
souls are not squares

souls are isosceles triangles
souls are angel exoskeletons
souls are time-travelling saints
souls are passerine free

free yourself

And in your bill
there is always koi

And in your soul
there is always pond

And sky is always covered in koi ponds
glorious with koi
for Sarus and Crane
Sarus Crane and I
in love

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