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Kevin J Taylor Nov 2020
in light
of flowers
mi'ku is a minimalist form.
Kevin J Taylor Nov 2020
Some folks say
that other folks
get their opinions
from the media.
They can be right.

Other folks say
that some folks
get their opinions
from psychics
and mediums.
They can be right.

Some other folks
have their own minds
and use them.
Their opinions
can be right too.
Kevin J Taylor Nov 2020
Om-mani birds
hold back the night
Om mani padme hum

Old nun bee Padme-hum
she waggles to the lotus song
Om mani padme hum

Om Metteyya
Om Maitreya
Om mani padme hum

This poem, Lotus Song, reflects on my lifetimes as a Buddhist. There is a Buddhist mantra, a kind of meditative and spiritually meaningful chant: This quintessential utterance, Om mani padme hum, is considered to encapsulate all of the wisdom of Buddhism. Om is a sacred sound expressing holiness. Mani means jewel, Padme is the lotus flower, and Hum represents the sprit of enlightenment. There are many interpretations and significances but this is the simplicity of it.

In this poem the first two words "Om mani" are used as the name of a sacred bird. The last two words of the mantra, "Padme hum" are taken to name a bee.

And waggle, a curious word to use here, is the actual technical term used in describing the dance of the bee upon returning to the hive to communicate the path to the source of pollen: Spiritually, the road to enlightenment.

Metteyya and Maitreya have the same meaning, essentially "friend" in two languages (Metteyya in Pali, the ancient language spoken by Lord Buddha, and Maitreya in Sanskrit). They refer to the prophesy that an enlightened being will come to complete the work begun by Lord Buddha.

ॐ at the end of the poem is the Sanskrit symbol for Om.
Kevin J Taylor Nov 2020
I rise from my body
My fall à l'envers
Through cold brilliant sunlight
And thinness of air

Past floating ions
Into almost bare space
And I shift my gaze back
And I wish for your face

I'll one day return
With the wind in my hair
Some bright afternoon
And all devil-may-care

With the kiss I'm left owing
Until it is paid
With our love I left holding
When I fell away
à l'envers is French for upside down or wrong way to. It is pronounced a bit like "ah lon vair". The s is silent.
Kevin J Taylor Oct 2020
Whatever else this Earth has been
Wherefrom we step, torchlights streaming
Fore and aft into the dark and storm of night

We are Cause
We are Decision
We are Scientologists

And welcome all shoulders to the wheel—
Your strength with ours
Pan-determined, undeterred

We are builders, keepers of Ideal Orgs
Sanctuaries of hope and light and beauty
Wisdom and prophecy

As the wheel turns
The universe turns
And the universe bends its knee

Whatever else this Earth has been
Whatever else this Earth will be
This is the postulate
"Ideal Org" means something. Short for organization, "Org" is used by Scientologists to refer to Churches of Scientology. "Ideal" because they are created and organized to embody the spirit and technology of Scientology. A "postulate" is a decision, a causative thought.
Kevin J Taylor Aug 2020
His light,
     A blossom and a humble bee—
     So proffers God
     That All may see.

Gardens bloom
     And earthworms sing.
     God calls each name
     And seasons' turn.

His light,
     A blossom and a humble bee—
     So proffers God
     That All may see.
Kevin J Taylor Aug 2020
The point is, young Wm., you have no ticket
to the pantheon. Earned it? Yes. But in leaving
left the scrip behind; compared yourself
to erstwhile selves and having fallen thus
go now unbidden. Whilst you, young Wm., hailed
Lo! A fraud! A thief! or by some lower
hellish frame have learned that crueler hells
no doubt exist though like the pantheon
as hard to find. The point is, young Wm., you
have no ticket to the pantheon. Get on with it!
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