in Morgenland, Poems

Turtles for Myron Lysenko

the turtle dips
its right foot
into the sea

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the left foot of the turtle
is a parking lot now

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hyang il-am
on the turtle’s back
sutras for Buddha

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turtle hexagon
my head also has five sides

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who turns off the loudspeaker monk at night?

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falling camellia leaf
a one thousand won bill
on my nose

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‘godness’ of mercy
Amitabha Buddha
sits on her crown

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turtles are related to many things

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a poem made of a thousand turtles

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the future is sea mist
i hope for a clear day

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bballi bballi
says the sodok-cha
in a hurry to disappear

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Buddha sneezes steam
to ward off influenza

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‘bless you’
blinks the neon sign

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i leave my bags at the inn
carrying light wishes
to Buddha

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who needs a temple stay when everything is Buddha?

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every day i grow old again

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the sun will be there – there!
tomorrow

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sing your heart out
invisible bird!

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just me and the dragonflies

Written at Hyang Il-am, Yeosu, Republic of Korea.

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  1. hey thanks GMT! How’s life in Melbourne town? Hope it’s warmer than Seoul – freezing!!