Monday, November 5, 2007


A temple.

Inside the temple,
amid bell-peals, flower-petals, and incense-smoke,
people to the Unseen offer their prayers:
prayers for wealth, health, power, or peace.

Outside the temple,
on the winding stone stairs,
beggars lie in wait
to catch their alms:
alms of food, clothes, or money.

Both in and outside the temple
we find beggars:
the ones inside very pious,
the others outside very pedestrian.

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