Goddess of Mercy; Quan Yin

Supreme goddess
hears the cries of the world
and eases the suffering
of all sentient beings.
She’s the Goddess of Mercy,
a bodhisattva who’s
vowed to free us all from life’s
cycle of birth and death
and maya’s gripping hold.
She embraces our sorrows
and soothes our spirits
while pouring
cool, calming waters
of compassion
over our anguished souls.
She’s promised to remain
in these earthly realms
even though her
own enlightenment
has already been attained.
She’s empathy incarnate;
gentle and tender,
her countenance
is acceptance and
loving-kindness toward all.
You need but utter her name and
she will at once be at your side,
bringing protection and gain–
ever tireless in her caring.
A regal goddess riding the waves
upon a dragon; she arrives to defend.
Even to those who create harm in others,
her benevolence holds them all with
the encompassing love of a mother.

O mother, Quan Yin, I take refuge
in your bountiful kindness
that shines forth with infinite purity.
I feel your grace that showers me with peace
and I know that I am protected.
I am blessed by your eternal
compassion that flows
with abundance and I feel
your warm embrace that holds
me safe until I no longer need holding.

The following are some photos of two Quan Yin statues that I own.  The brass one with Quan Yin being held aloft by a hand was brought back from Nepal from my world-traveling friend, Sandrine.  It’s very special to me. I have felt an affinity with Quan Yin since I first became acquainted with her story.




Photos by Gayle Walters Rose; All Rights Reserved

Lillian is our host for Poetics over at dVerse Poets Pub and invites us to write from the perspective of a sculpture.

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  1. cool calming waters of compassion – empathy incarnate – gentle and tender. She is indeed beautiful. The one of her in the hand is quite remarkable.
    This has been an interesting prompt to learn of art as well as the voice of our poets as another.


  2. This is so beautiful. I have an lovely statue of her that I thought about using but my muse seems to be on vacation.


  3. This looks very much like the one I admire but have found a bit difficult to obtain a figure of. These are beautiful and your writing as well. I will have to look online of her story. Thank You!


  4. You are lucky to have the protection of the goddess of mercy Gayle. We have much to learn from her – her compassion, her kindess and love!


  5. Glenn Buttkus

     /  June 14, 2016

    We all need guidance, love & protection; tis a shame many of us dishonor & harm our earth mother with careless abandon.


  6. Ohhhhh.
    “A regal goddess riding the waves
    upon a dragon”

    I can see her!


  7. What a thoroughly healing and cleansing piece (peace).


  8. I do love the wonderful warmth of the statue permeating from your words.


  9. A poem to meditate to, Gayle.


  10. Such a beautifully tranquil and profound piece 😀


  11. all we want in life is grace and peace…this beautiful ode to the goddess of mercy has so much of that…


  12. Compassion is the quality that can heal the world, one heavy heart at a time!


  13. A beautiful poem. I love Quan Yin!


  14. Powerful but serene and gentle. Only a Goddess could manage that combo! 🙂 ❤

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  15. Tranquil, peaceful, serene, all words used to describe this and yet the even feel as if they fall short. A beautiful poem and sculpture, Gayle.


  16. “She’s empathy incarnate; gentle and tender, her countenance is acceptance and loving-kindness toward all.” A beautiful description. I could feel your connection to Quan Yin throughout your poem.



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