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The Web Poetry Corner - Philip Claude Andermann - Boy Snow Mountains 2

Boy Snow Mountains 2

by

Philip Claude Andermann

BOY SNOW MOUNTAINS 2

"On all the Mountaintops lies Peace"

~ GOETHE

[In a Buddhist parable, Boy Snow Mountain [Sessen Doji] threw himself from a tree into the mouth of a "demon" to learn the last half of a profound phrase the demon had uttered. The "demon" turned into a Buddhist "god" who had been merely testing the man's seeking spirit.]

At death,
I [Sessen Doji] have climbed up to the end of my mountain;
there is a blizzard,
but the snowflakes are petals of Spring.

Across in the darkness are countless mountaintops
of infinite beauty,
apparent peace,
that I still
seek to reach.

Are they all you, and you, and you,
of infinite beauty,
or are they all other lives of me?
[Or are we all really all the same?
Does it really matter?]

I seek the truth of the Buddha!
I thrust myself challenging still
into the jaws of that demon
blizzard on which to fly
to my next destiny
to fight for beautiful Peace!
I am no more swallowed by those jaws
than a star could be swallowed by the jaws of a cloud!


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