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monks with guns

by Mary Frances Spencer

those monks
are at it again
heavily armed
with inner peace

carrying the
of compassion
balancing the
loaded guns
of detachment from wordly material
with the
desire for freedom

when monks march
western apathy
takes a hike


Author's Note: When will we wake up and see? MFS

Posted on 11/19/2007
Copyright © 2023 Mary Frances Spencer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 11/19/07 at 09:46 AM

hah--unusual, smart, powerful, surprising...true.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/19/07 at 04:53 PM

I love it. To march in the face of it - my heroes. Well done - and pointing at us as you do.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 11/21/07 at 02:00 AM

ah... good old western apathy... i hope it takes a long hike... and maybe gets lost...

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/23/07 at 12:59 PM

this is a wonderful piece of writing, Mary Frances. your words enlighten the will.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 11/25/07 at 12:38 PM

Great title. I picture a Quentin Tarantino directed Grindhouse Film. With this title you could write a screenplay and sell the rights for millions!

Posted by Jason Moskalyk on 03/30/10 at 08:48 AM

Haha, good parallels drawn here. Well done, for I can think of no more formidable an army.

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