“Life of Pi”–Erasure Poetry

I could see the sea…
and down the road a long ways
 
I suddenly felt I was in heaven.
The feeling, a mix of pulsing energy
and profound peace
 
The road, the sea, the trees,
the air, the sun all spoke
one language of unity
 
All was kith and kin.
 
One other time
out alone on a walk
after a night of snowfall,
coming up to the house,
I turned my head.
 
There was a wood
and in that wood,
a small clearing.
 
A breeze had shaken a branch
fine snow was falling,
glittering in the sunlight
 
In that sun-splashed clearing,
I saw the Virgin Mary.
 
She was smiling at me with loving kindness.

Anna Montgomergy introduces us to Erasure Poetry over at dVerse Poets; Meeting the Bar:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/11/29/meeting-the-bar-erasure-poetry/

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 compassion incarnate;

she’s gentle and tender,

her countenance

is acceptance and

loving-kindness toward all.

You need but utter her name and

she will at once be beside you,

bringing protection and gain–

ever tireless in her caring.

A regal goddess riding the waves

upon a dragon she arrives to save.

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 some 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.  I have felt an affinity with Quan Yin since I first learned about her story.

 

 

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