Wednesday, February 6, 2008

White Lotus


Original poem:


At dawn I asked the lotus,
"What is the meaning of life?"
Slowly, she opened her hand
with nothing in it.


DW Bender, 2005

See the previous (the following post in blog page order) post. The work-in-progress stanzas combined together, the poem, to date, would be something like thus:

White Lotus
DW Bender, 2008

At dawn I asked the lotus,
"What is the meaning of life?"
Slowly, she opened her hand
with nothing in it.

Receiving what is given,
She does not grasp to retain;
In the heart of the lotus,
what is ever lost?

Her cup overflows with light:
The cosmos rests in her palm.
When darkness settles on her,
she enfolds the sun.

At dusk, as her petals closed,
I whispered, "Why must we die?"
The lotus vanished, and all
turned into her dream.

2 comments:

Krissie said...

oh what a wonderful collection of words. Ilove the ocean one though, that one spoke to me!

Debi Bender said...

Hi krissie, thank you. I think you meant to comment on the "Love Haiku" bloggy page bit, where the ocean haiku is published. I'm glad you like the poems.