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Jim Culleny

Building a Stupa

 

Assemble a tower for Buddha and watch it fall
                                                 —Anon               

 

I stack stones carefully
finding their centers of gravity
the lump of one fitting the nook of another
building a precarious tower in the grass
near the flowering purple plum
under a clear sky with a breeze
catching the nape of my neck
mussing my gray crown of hair
as dad once did with his hand
reaching across the seat
as we drove somewhere

 

Jim Culleny is an artist, writer & carpenter living in western Massachusetts. He has made a living from those activities, among others.