Where Buddha Is


..zigguartat of books……………….

I thumb down the stack of books:

Paper Dance—55 Latin Poets

Poetry Like Bread (full as loaves
my mother made) subtitled
Poets of the Political Imagination

and here’s Billy Collins Sailing Alone Around the
Room
—which is pretty much what we all

do to a great extent

until, at the bottom:

Precise V-5
which is not a book at all
but the label on the black pen
that lies here in incandescent light
at the bottom of a ziggurat of books
its axis aligned with their stepped spines
upon the golden oak table so perfectly     Here
for a moment Buddha is

“See,” he says, “I’m as real as
as joy and lament”

by Jim Culleny
Spring 2009

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