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Article Submitted By: BashkaJacobs
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 Time: 10:52 AM

remembering .............One crow vignette from Benares

Old man Sadhu coming from
The Kumbah Mela
Covered in ash
Naked and top knotted
With streaks of red on
His forehead
Is crowned by marigolds
And wears his beard down
To his chest
His feet rough cracked and
Polished from walking from
The Gangatori in the snow capped
Mountains
Following the river to its holy
Place where it rests in Benares
He sees only god
I henna haired fresh from Bodh Gaya
In Bihar and a month of meditation
Living in the Burmese Monastery
Arrive in Benares the same time
As the sadhu

I sit under a big tree with folding
Arms sipping thick dark sweet milky
Chai at an improvised stall talking
To other travelers and I remain
There until the heat passes
And make my way down to the
River as the sky darkens

The Sadhu stands near me
And asks in a perfect British
English
If I had come to pray?
I told him I was a Buddhist
Fresh from Bodh Gaya
He smiled like an old grandfather
A naked saint Nicholas
And said
That is good

Then gave me instructions where
To get a boat for the night with
The finest view of the river
And added that spiritual truth was
Only available through meditation !
And then just as suddenly as he
Appeared
he was gone

I thought I glimpsed him as he
Melted into the crowd of the
Hundreds of thousand pilgrims

Someone told me that he must
Have been an important sadhu
Judging by the huge red tikka
On his head
But I suspect under the
Clay that covered his body
That he might be an
English man

Either way he gave me
Hell of good directions
I had a great boat a wonderful
Adventure s that came
from living there as i
woke up to the prayers
every morning
and ablutions of thousands
of pilgrims

but it was his smile
that remained
Long after he was gone
like The
Cheshire cat.

crow remembering

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About the Author

Bashka Jacobs writes poetry & lives in Ohio, USA.


Rating: 5.0

Comments

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 at 10:56 AM, by Nico Morrison
Great to see you back Bashka & keep your lovely poems coming!
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 at 10:58 AM, by admin
Great to see you back Bashka, keep those lovely poems coming...
Wed, 1 Jan 2014 at 11:29 AM, by Paul Fraser
A deep story in the current of a river of poetry . . . thanks . .

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