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[BUDDHA'S GARDEN VIEW]
by Karen Lewis

[Dragon; Click for larger image]
"Dragon"
by Jane Kohler

We don't believe
in dragons anymore,
Zen points mind
toward a garden.
Walk the circumference
letting stone speak
clear to heart.
Sand will sing
seven toned scales
birthing metaphysical wisdom.
Difference permits relationship:
asymmetry allows symmetry,
is reciprocal gold.
Value the spaces,
they breathe zazen,
air in/air out.
Power is lonely.
In mountain storm
poet Muso sits,
an isosceles flower,
mirroring original face,
a Buddhist dragon,
master of endlessness.

Bio: Karen Lewis is a teaching artist for Just Buffalo Literary Center, she primarily teaches poetry in the public schools as a visiting artist and leads workshops on developing writers groups. She hosts a reading series featuring Western New York Writing Groups. She is also a contributing editor for Traffic East Magazine.

Her poetry, short fiction and photography has been published throughout the U.S. and Canada. Joel Weishaus, of the Center for Excellence in Writing, Portland State University used an excerpt from "Waking Up With Arakawa and Gins" in his digital poetry piece, "Traces of the Catacombes." It was shown at the 3rd Interpoetry Exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 2002. Karen is a Canadian citizen but has been living in the U.S. for 18 years. She is also a member of the International Women's Writing Guild.

Contact Karen Lewis at KLeeLew@aol.com


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