Poem – What Makes The Dalai Lama Lovable? – Alice Walker

His posture From so many years 

Holding his robe with one hand 

Is odd. 
His gait 

Also. 
One’s own body 

Aches 

Witnessing 

The sloping 

Shoulders 

& Angled 

Neck; 
One hopes 

He 

Attends 

Yoga class 

Or does Yoga 

On his own 

As part 

Of prayer. 
He smiles 

As he bows 

To Everything: 

Accepting 

The heavy 

Burdens 

Of 

This earth; 
It’s 

Toxic 

Evils 

& Prolific 

Insults. 
Even so, 

He sleeps 

Through 

The night 

Like a child 

Because 

Thank goodness 

That is something 

Else 

Daylong 

Meditation 

Assures. 
You could cry 

Yourself to sleep 

On his behalf 

& He 

Has done that 

Too. 
Life 

Has been 

A great 

Endless 

Tearing away 

For 

Him. 
From 

Mother, Father, Siblings, Country, Home. 

And yet 

Clearly 

His mother 

Loved him; 

His brother & sister 

Too: 

Even his 

Not so constant father, 

Who 

When Tenzin was 

A boy 

Shared 

With him 

Delicious 

Scraps 

Of 

Succulent 

Pork. 
He laughs 

Telling this 

Story 

Over half a century 

Later 

To who knows 

How many 

Puzzled 

Vegetarians: 

About 

The way he sat 

Behind 

His father’s chair 

Like a dog, 

Relishing 

Each juicy 

Greasy 

Bite. 
Whenever I see 

The Dalai Lama 

My first impulse 

Is to laugh 

I am so happy 

To 

Lay eyes 

On 

One 

So effortlessly 

Beautiful. 
That balding head 

That holds 

A shine; 

Those wire framed 

Glasses 

That might 

Have come 

From 

Anywhere. 
His look of having given 

All he has. 
He is my teacher; 

Just staying alive. 
Other teachers 

I have had 

Resemble him 

In some way; 
They too 

Were 

Are 

Smart 

And Humble; 

Fascinated 

By Science & things like 

Time, 

Eternity, 

Cause & Effect; 

The Evolution 

Of the Soul. 
A soul 

That 

Might 

Or might not 

Exist. 
They too 

See all of us 

-Banker, murderer, gardener, thief – 

When they look 

Out across 

The world: 
But that is not all 

They see. 
They see our suffering; 

Our striving 

To find 

The right path; 

The one with heart 

We may only 

Have heard 

About. 
The Dalai Lama is Cool 

A modern word 

For 

“Divine” 

Because he wants 

Only 

Our collective 

Health 

& Happiness. 
That’s it! 
What makes 

Him 

Lovable 

Is 

His holiness.

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