you will know the truth by its actions aka Holy wars

October 31, 2006

let the gods throw chairs
at each other

claiming truth
as property

shattering bones
snapping their names

while Buddha sits peacefully
under the table

12 Responses to “you will know the truth by its actions aka Holy wars”

  1. Adagio Says:

    This touched me in ways that word cannot explain. I am grateful that you shared these specific words. Adagio.

    “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Buddha

  2. qazse Says:

    and thank you for the quote from Buddha. It is a perfect accompanyment ( I am sure that is mispelled) to the poem.

  3. Ellen Says:

    I like this too – especially the capitalization

  4. qazse Says:

    Hey Ellen,

    Thanks for stopping by. It is interesting you remarked about the capitalization. I believe it was unconscious on my part.

  5. fencer Says:

    I’m not sure just what the poem means (which is good), but I like it alot…


  6. lqz Says:

    I like your style, but I guess that isn’t a surprise.

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  8. qazse Says:

    Hey fencer, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I used the term “gods” to represent religions each claiming to be the one true religion. Buddha represents spiritual being not partaking in the worldly struggle for dominance.

    check this out:

    lqz, Thank you also for the read and comment. I like your style also.

    juxtablog, thank you for the linkage.

    All worthy sites! So many sites, so little time…

  9. twitches Says:

    As long as the gods don’t start throwing tables, Buddha should be safe.

  10. tomachfive Says:

    Worthy of mention, these struggles for religion. The most humane faiths seem to receive human sacrifice. Pure verses.

  11. kimtelas Says:

    “While the Buddha sits quietly under the table”
    When I was studying literature, I loved the classics. I loved them for several reasons: Plot: Human struggles that are a continuum through time now had mythological/written form. The Gods: The were messy and human and unpredictable and egocentric! Clearly, they were a human vision of god and power. Ahem.
    The times feel like this some days, yes?
    I love this line because you gave me words for myself. NO, I am not comparing myself to Buddha! I tend to sit back and observe, think, feel, spiritualize then act. I do not always like words with my spirituality, in fact I hardly EVER like words with my soul.
    But, I do consciously decide and act.
    This is why Buddha helps me so.
    Thank you!

  12. qazse Says:

    sometimes a smile
    is all that can be known
    a laugh – nirvana

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