caw caw caw caw
this is the cry of the crows
caw caw caw caw
this is the cry of the crows

on a hill above town
the sky dome is heavy with sacrifice
the earth yields

in a ruined temple in the forest
there is no shadow
the Buddha stands immense
erect

the statue is headless
the right hand held upright
palm facing outwards
abhayamudra
there is nothing to fear

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Sarnath, India 1969