BUDDHA IN GLORY

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Bel' Occhio

BEL’OCCHIO   …   the beautiful eye

BUDDHA IN GLORY

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Center of all centers, core of cores,
almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet–
all this universe, to the furthest stars
all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit.

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Now you feel how nothing clings to you;
your vast shell reaches into endless space,
and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow.
Illuminated in your infinite peace,

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a billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be, when all the stars are dead.

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(Rainer Maria Rilke wrote the poem BUDDHA IN  GLORY when he worked as a secretary for the sculptor Auguste Rodin, Summer 1908)

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