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January 26, 2011

Ballad of a Buddhist Boy


Ballad of a Buddhist Boy

Siddhartha is my guide, my sage
He shows me lasting joy
He teaches me despite my age
To be a humble boy

I practice every Noble Truth
And meditate and pray
I learn from other Buddhist youth
The best and righteous way

Enlightenment I will attain
From sufferings be free
And when I part this temporal plain
Nirvana waits for me

But meditation’s almost through
My mantras I have said
And when I leave this place renewed
I’m going back to bed

-jwm

2 comments:

John W. May said...

Poetic Parameters

Stanza: A Ballad or Common Measure; Quatrain
Meter: 1st and 3rd line of each stanza is a tetrameter (i.e. 8 syllables per line); the 2nd and 4th is a trimeter (i.e. 6 syllables per line)
Rhyme Scheme: abab per stanza

Notes

Lines 13 and 15 are not direct, but rather, implied rhymes. This is actually a legitimate poetic device to employ- in fact, it’s called an oblique or slant rhyme.

Siddhartha, or Siddhārtha Gautama, is the birth name given to Buddha by his parents.

And yes, I stumbled on the picture first and knew there was a poem in there (it came rather quickly, I might add). Thanks for stopping by.

Regina said...

You said: "I stumbled on the picture first and knew there was a poem in there (it came rather quickly, I might add).... "

Poetry as meaning you find, unearth or which seem to unravel of their own accord. Delightful!

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