a 10-foot golden fire

Immensity of Thai Buddha,
coated in gold, crown of fire lit by spot,
jeweled coat burning 2 men high.

All I see is the platform,
its velvet space in the shape
of a meditating man,
bordered in soft color,
two simple eyes.

I don’t want to walk through the world like a
10-foot golden fire, blinding.
I want to be a quiet space that a few clear
gems burn through, seeing what is there.

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