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by JD Clay



the Bodhi Tree

I contemplate the

cosmos and how far         

mankind has strayed

from the laws of nature


under the Bodhi Tree

I sit and see

no branch in conflict

nor leaves fighting

for shade














Posted on 07/21/2006
Copyright © 2017 JD Clay

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/21/06 at 04:43 PM

Excellent analogy jadi. Sadly, I'm afraid it's our nature not to be like the rest of nature, as I follow the madness and path to armageddon half a world away.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 07/21/06 at 06:48 PM

timely poem, jadi! with the current state of the world, i would feel the same way sitting under that tree. thank you for this peaceful moment, i will revisit often. a PK

Posted by Heide McAlister-Bates on 07/22/06 at 03:36 PM

Oh, that we were like the trees. Beautifully formed work.

Posted by Vere Mantratriad on 07/23/06 at 01:59 PM

Nice, contemplative poem. Nicely done.

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 07/23/06 at 10:32 PM

If mankind were a tree it would have incinerated long ago, we are disgusting creatures......... Great piece.

Posted by Julie Adams on 07/24/06 at 05:30 PM

this is beautiful, jadi...first and second stanzas compliment each other nicely...thought provoking, a pleasure, jewels

Posted by David R Spellman on 07/24/06 at 10:46 PM

Reminds me of a picture I saw recently while doing some research of a young hindu or buddhist meditating in the folds of some huge tree (which may be the same type). In any case, sad how we have become so selfish and self-centered. How expertly you have conveyed here how things should be. An excellent lesson so well depicted. Bravo!

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 07/25/06 at 02:34 PM

"no leaves fighting for the shade," that's a summation of your message, huh? the peace and beauty of these words has left me with a sense of calm and hope...thanks :)

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 07/31/06 at 03:23 AM

Not very far. Nature doesn't have any faith in its creation. The roots never levitate.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/01/06 at 11:15 PM

I thought for sure I've been in here, and came through to visit again. (Must have been unlogged in :/ )

This stays and stays and stays with me, J.D. Just a marvel to read it. Many layers (branches?) brush against me, and I am so glad to find this being read and thought about by us - the Patheticans.
tré biénissimo!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/01/06 at 11:18 PM

Oh, and this is just powerful in its message placed quietly and simply. Thank you for my new favorite fave. mwah!

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 08/02/06 at 02:02 AM

There's a wondefully subtle clarity I like here. Zen-like and peaceful amid the turmoil. Enjoyed this, jadi. Thanks.

Posted by Mara Meade on 08/03/06 at 01:02 AM

How I wish we all could be at peace... and sit under the Bodhi Tree.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/04/06 at 02:47 AM

Your poem simply and beautifully describes the consciousness of the tree. Would that we could match its peace.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 08/05/06 at 10:14 PM

Ah, if only the world could live this way everywhere. Beautiful, zen-like and so calming.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/13/06 at 08:39 PM

Well, some of nature anyway! I think of Katrina! Indeed, if we could only live and let live which is what the poem says to me.

Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 08/27/06 at 02:36 AM

Yeah, none of the leaves seem to want to go to California; every one content in its own space. The way mankind has strayed he is lucky there are any leaves left on the Bodhi Tree.

Posted by Alisa Js on 12/18/06 at 10:12 PM

this one speaks to me of meditation... deep and profound..;-)

Posted by P.T. Brooks on 12/23/06 at 05:41 PM

absolute peace is a nice thought, however man will never know it, we should envy the tree, two thumbs jd -pt

Posted by Bethany Lee on 01/05/07 at 07:32 PM

hooray for the ode to the Bodhi Tree!

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 02/11/07 at 07:24 PM

The stillness of this has really moved me. The poem has that intentional quieting, I feel, and the leaves who themselves make shade, receiving shade themselves, and without competition for it, is quite a concept, even as we also sit in that shade, and see.

Posted by A. Paige White on 08/02/07 at 03:01 AM

Very relaxing to sit in the shade of a tree and contemplate the state of just being. But then a tick crawls up my leg. Somehow I don't think it would affect the tree at all, as the tick offers it no harm but I guarantee it will get my aggressive attentions.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/10/07 at 12:51 AM

Perhaps you sit under the Bodhi tree to write your wisdom! This is Love your Pathetic Neighbor Day (Aaron Michael). Hi neighbor!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/13/10 at 03:41 PM

Hi jadi. I was reviewing your poems, most of which I have read and commented on, but I came across this one and the second line caught my attention. Being an old man but a young student of Buddhism, I read your poem with different eyes this time. I like the title, for it describes what I am experiencing. It is surprising really that I should be putting down more roots or that my roots are spreading out in new directions in my later years. But in my research I came across an interesting piece of information - that the Bodhi can take 3000 years to fully mature. That gives me a good metaphor for what is happening in me. The last two lines of your poem are a good lesson for me to take into this day. Thanks again, my friend.

Posted by Kris Mara on 04/15/12 at 11:45 PM

What else could there be to say except that it's beautiful? So glad I got to read this tonight.

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