Kwan Yin

Photo: Genie Nakano, “Kwan Yin in my Backyard”

Kwan Yin
stands poised in my backyard
a wall of ficus
grows behind her
purple flowers at her feet

her eyes cast down
in quiet meditation
an internal world
oum mane padme oum

in the quiet
of morning light
I look for you
to calm my eager spirit
sometimes you are hard to feel

a stone statue
where my hopes and dreams
are focused
loving kindness compassion
breaks hardness into softness

Kwan Yin,
I know you are just an image
not real in terms of flesh
yet, deep within me
you are growing and alive
Genie Nakano, Feb. 8, 2020

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