budha as a boy

are you the lord budha, he asked

the boy set silent in

his cross-legged pose

unperturbed two

houseflies hovered over his head and landed on its shaven top

sweat beads had formed on the top of his mouth

 

then he moved his lips

you are of what you think

and I would have loved to heal

you if I could

but we are

what we have been

I can only love you, you will

have to heal yourself then the old

man asked again

are you the lord budha

 

I am a soul

like yours in an ocean

of wisdom but I am no more than a reflection of yourself

 

the old man knelt with awe and

prostrated himself before the boy I have

found you he said

I have found you, sku mdun

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