Temples of Headless Gods (Eastern sonnet)

by Larry Chamberlin   Oct 22, 2017


Stones set down with seven hundred years accrued
are o’ertaken by trees and newer dogma;
base relief carvings of Vishnu and Brahma
remain intact behind Buddha statues;
but greed drowns awe in sacrilege imbued
shown by heads of Buddhas sold in spite of Karma
leaving torsos testify to powerful Maya
religion swayed by greed turns askew.
Nagas shield corpses that yet defy corruption
for Buddha chose not to suffer from disruption;
Vishnu entered into the world godhood shedding
in each era to conquer evil from spreading;
ancient temples awe worthy visitors who know
holiness of sacred reality hallowed.

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