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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by Hickersonia » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:11 am

So Many Days

There is always another day,
Faith in this falsehood tests one’s fate.
What if I were to pass away tomorrow?
With something always left for the morrow;
would the next life be one of sorrow?

Perhaps my compassion surpasses my hate,
but when passion calls, I take the bait.
If death came upon me this day,
ever so dearly should I pay,
for so many years selfish play.

Ignorant, deluded, a sorry state,
the moment of death does not come late.
Should my last breath be this hour,
too long have I lived so sweet, so sour,
undoubtedly, I would do naught but cower,

A moment, a snap, over and done,
it all ends, this worldly fun.
There is an escape from this dangerous lure,
for each defilement, I must practice its cure,
so that I might end my days pure.
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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by Viscid » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:07 pm

I suck at poetry but:

Titans

From the great rift
Lurch titans
Awful, nascent novelties
That boom their presence
and turn their back upon time.

And the enmired are trampled underfoot.

And the maladapt are swallowed.

And the youth make idols of them,
worship them,
praise them
for their destruction of the past.
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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by Thanavuddho » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:33 pm

BACK IN THE DAY

For days on end
I used to spend my time
doing absolutely nothing.
It is that simple.
“Tasmātihānanda, attadīpā viharatha attasaraṇā anaññasaraṇā, dhammadīpā dhammasaraṇā anaññasaraṇā.”(DN16)
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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by duckfiasco » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:42 am

Wonderful thread and wonderful poems to find just browsing :) Poetry has been a wonderful way to explore the Dhamma.
my hand is that of an old man
already the flesh shrinks away.

I have a pile of ashes for a hand
yet they are well hidden
red and smooth and moving.

a corpse writes these lines
but not one thing to worry about.

the ash hand and the supple one
are just this close.
that old forest path
closed off on both ends

there was a cat in there
mud flesh on stick bones
until he was just mud and sticks

i saw him every single time

and one day
he was wild green briars
and the forest path
was closed off on both ends

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by Dr. Dukkha » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:08 pm

I have trouble writing poetry that isn't dark. Something I must work on.

The True Witness of Morning

It is known that clenching

clogs the arteries

of our irrationality’s ward.

/

Deposit the king’s servants

in their holsters.

Manipulative puppeteers.

/

When you rise

you must fall;

shame to the fragility of the neck.

/

But when you excavate

downwards,

you may suffocate.

/

Sometimes it’s safer to swim through the mountains.

You’re leaving nothing behind.

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by Pseudobabble » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:27 am

Pseudobabble wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:43 am
a hunter
Pseudobabble wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:43 am
I am a hunter of distraction,
lying in wait,
mindful, alert, clearly comprehending.
Aware within, aware without,
resting on the breath.
Like night-time creatures,
thoughts, memories, fantasies,
try to creep in.
Fast! Like a hunter,
or a cobra,
I strike,
wiping away the dust of the world.
In calm repose, I rest
in the clear moonlight
of the breath.
"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"

"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta


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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by Pseudobabble » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:28 am

Pseudobabble wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:31 pm
a warrior
Pseudobabble wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:31 pm
Let mind be my sword,
cutting through confusion
like polished lightening.
My shield is alertness,
no unwholesome state
shall pass it.
I wear impenetrable armour
of harmlessness. Meeting ten thousand beings
I wound none, and
am wounded neither.
Boots left and right, of energy
and patience, trampling underfoot
greed and hatred.
Greaves of peace and persistence,
gloves of rapture and serenity.
My chestplate is equanimity,
the protection
of perfect composure.
Atop my helmet, the eye
of unrelenting vigilance.
"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"

"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta


'Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.' - Genesis 3:19

'Some fart freely, some try to hide and silence it. Which one is correct?' - Saegnapha

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by rightviewftw » Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:11 am

A battle fought by those still restless
some do have faith others are faithless
Concerned am i remaining reckless,
closer to death further from Deathless
***
Both day and night,
across the sea
Where Dhamma is
There's light to see
***
It is as awesome as they say
We now should hurry on our way
Beyond warm baths and tasty drinks
Above cheap jokes and fleeting kicks
Away from wemen we should steer
And not turn back the end is near
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He goes to Niraya, the one who asserts what didn't take place, as does the one who, having done, says, 'I didn't.' Both — low-acting people — there become equal: after death, in the world beyond.
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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by jabalí » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:58 pm

Life is a terminal illness
This body, a tumour
Remembering death
keeping the body in mind
I dwell

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by rightviewftw » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:34 pm

jabalí wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:58 pm
Life is a terminal illness
This body, a tumour
Remembering death
keeping the body in mind
I dwell
Thank you :anjali:
He goes to Niraya, the one who asserts what didn't take place, as does the one who, having done, says, 'I didn't.' Both — low-acting people — there become equal: after death, in the world beyond.
Tyranny of Words - An Introduction to General Semantics
How to Meditate: Mindfulness of Breathing
Factors of Enlightenment & Perceptions
How to Meditate: Basic Satipatthana
Parallel Dhammapada Reading

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by manas » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:49 am

"Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your safety belts (virtue)
As we will be experiencing some turbulence (the untrained mind)
After we have crossed over to more peaceful skies (jhana)
We will be able to see our destination (insight)
And will, in due course, arrive there (nibbana).
May you have a pleasant journey (lovely in it's beginning, middle and end)"

*While I am aware that jhana isn't, as far as I know, necessary to attain stream-entry, I've taken some 'poetic license' while still trying to stick to the general progression of the practice; I hope that's acceptable.
Knowing this body is like a clay jar,
securing this mind like a fort,
attack Mara with the spear of discernment,
then guard what's won without settling there,
without laying claim.

- Dhp 40

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by rightviewftw » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:45 am

manas wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:49 am
"Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your safety belts (virtue)
As we will be experiencing some turbulence (the untrained mind)
After we have crossed over to more peaceful skies (jhana)
We will be able to see our destination (insight)
And will, in due course, arrive there (nibbana).
May you have a pleasant journey (lovely in it's beginning, middle and end)"

*While I am aware that jhana isn't, as far as I know, necessary to attain stream-entry, I've taken some 'poetic license' while still trying to stick to the general progression of the practice; I hope that's acceptable.
:twothumbsup:
He goes to Niraya, the one who asserts what didn't take place, as does the one who, having done, says, 'I didn't.' Both — low-acting people — there become equal: after death, in the world beyond.
Tyranny of Words - An Introduction to General Semantics
How to Meditate: Mindfulness of Breathing
Factors of Enlightenment & Perceptions
How to Meditate: Basic Satipatthana
Parallel Dhammapada Reading

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by manas » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:50 am

rightviewftw wrote:
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:45 am

:twothumbsup:
Thank you :)
Knowing this body is like a clay jar,
securing this mind like a fort,
attack Mara with the spear of discernment,
then guard what's won without settling there,
without laying claim.

- Dhp 40

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by manas » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:58 am

I'm sorry, Mozart, but ever since
That day I experienced the stillness
Of a calmed mind, albeit briefly
I'd prefer that otherworldly silence
Even over your dulcet tones.
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Knowing this body is like a clay jar,
securing this mind like a fort,
attack Mara with the spear of discernment,
then guard what's won without settling there,
without laying claim.

- Dhp 40

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Re: Post your original poetry here!

Post by manas » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:27 am

rightviewftw wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:11 am
...
Your poem is a good reminder not to get lost in 'good times' when there is much work to be done, and the 'end is near'. Certainly on a Cosmic scale, the duration of this life is like the blink of an eye.
Knowing this body is like a clay jar,
securing this mind like a fort,
attack Mara with the spear of discernment,
then guard what's won without settling there,
without laying claim.

- Dhp 40

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