Bikku under the Bodhi Tree

 

 

                yogi under the banyan tree

                yogi under the bodhi tree

                                                                    bikku under the banyan tree

 

                               waiting for release

                                                        

                      bikku in blissful nibbhana

                      yogi in extinguishing moksha                       

 

 

      Penniless poet under the tenement roof

      Jazz organist under the pavement sky

      Struggling novelist under the Riviera blue

      Russian ballerina under the American umbrella

      Apprentice painter under the Sistine Chapel

      Sculptor Underground

 

                                                   waiting for the agent’s call

                                                        

 

                                              burning Anne Frank manuscripts in an air-raid fire

                                                        singular melodies drowned in the descending drone

 

  Kafka writing without a morrow

  van Gogh dabbing his tormented palette under the Arles sun

             Sartre turning the Nobel Prize down for teenage girls

  Siddhartha abandoning his body’s palace for the people’s pain

                                   

                   the common man unable to abandon his workload family

 

                             bikku under the bodhi tree

       his body shrivelled under the saffron robe

       his begging bowl filled by karma-earning hands

                                                                         the last trichinosis-filled moksha meal

 

bikku rising on a thousand-petalled flower

     bikku piercing through the cakrassplendrous colours

                                                                  

                                                                               bikku on a burning pyre

 

 

©T.Wignesan 1992

April 29, 1997

Paris

[from the collection : longhand notes (a binding of poems), 1999]