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A Whale of a Tale by Kim Rumford

Poetry


The Weary Mahout

Heather Lazarus

The mind is divided in many ways... like a rider
on the back of an elephant..
Johnathan Haidt


I know
I have wasted my life
piercing nails
through my ears
my feet
caging myself
to quiet my trumpeting.

I mistook my hook
for contact
tipping my tusks
with poison,
sheathed in
cotton and iron
a tank
of wrinkled skin
like a crazed Nalagiri
crushing forward
half-blind
before

yes
before
the quiet came
to my bowed head
and I learned the scent
of water at a distance.

Now
there is no castle
on my back
and I can swim
alongside myself
lie briefly
on the bank
braiding bracelets
from the tufts
of my tail.



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Reader Feedback:
The scent of water at a distance--you have made Nalagiri the hero of the Buddha story after all these centuries. What a wonderful reply to John Haidt. Beautiful work!
~Rosemary

What a beautiful vision of the synergy between man and beast.
~Sue

Wonderful take on what I read as mind waking up.
Poetry in the service of Buddhist teaching,
employing imagery most poetic.
One bows to the poetess.
~poetrywatch



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