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Rev. José M. Tirado is a poet, writer and Green activist. He is also a Shin Buddhist priest teaching in Iceland. His articles have appeared in CounterPunch, Swans Commentary, Dissident Voice, the Magazine of Green Social Thought: Synthesis/Regeneration and Gurdjieff Internet Guide.
He can be reached through his web site.
A soft wind sailed
through waving trees, sighing.
In crisp, radiant clarity
in flame-light movement, glittering.
And in the center of a field
a single tree, alight
solitarily stood -
full and possessed of Life.
Each stirring leaf
a diamond twinkle of Truth.
It was there,
there in a moment of
that I heard the Song of Being
in one tree's dancing silence,
then quietly washed my face
and salt tears.
"Some Simple Pleasures at Work"
A wind whistle through baby frames of homesites
Whose laughter is song.
The morning "roach coach" coffee rush greets
Calloused hands as scratchy music fills the air.
The bricks, the paint, the dust breeze,
Still, at twelve o'clock I sleep in the sun.
In the dimly lit night,
now bent and passing,
cold, gray slashes cut the sky
as all of space
is chopped up, falling to earth
Of itsy, bitsy pieces.
"The Desired End"
To flow and flow
steadily beneath me,
and glide past
as broken strips of light decorate
the quiet surface.
This is the way of life.
This is the desire and the desired end -
always passing, always changing, always
© 2004 José M. Tirado
Poet is Priest
This guy is great. I heard him talk once at a conference in Berkeley, CA, about the space that Buddhist cosmology provides for the existence of non-terrestrial beings.
His mind ranges from one topic to another, from religion to politics to the face on Mars, with a light touch and an urgent sense of humor that is pretty rare.
Who knew that he wrote good poetry too!? In this case Julian Cope was right when he penned the lyric "poet is priest."
J. B. P. Mierek, United States
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