Monday, September 18, 2006

"Compassion, Love"   [villanelle with found poetry]

"Dalai Lama Urges Compassion, Love"
the headline reads at 6:00 a.m.  it's Monday
there is an earth below and a sky above

the contours of the hand are shown in the glove
he addressed the Denver Pepsi Center on Sunday
"Dalai Lama Urges Compassion, Love"

to fifteen thousand he spoke for an hour of
the value of human tolerance   as some say
there is an earth below and a sky above

"I'm a Buddhist monk   now becoming a defender of
Islam" he remarked   decrying how after that numb day
one September   many lost track of compassion and love

"Take care of others, you will benefit. Think only of
yourself, you will lose"   seems it was a plum day
as if an earth were below and a sky above

autumn returns   toward winter you feel a shove
a week ago   human beings remembered a glum day
now "Dalai Lama Urges Compassion, Love"
there is an earth below and a sky above

The headline and quotations (as found poetry), found here:
Dalai Lama Urges Compassion, Love

Published: September 18, 2006

Filed at 5:27 a.m. ET

DENVER (AP) -- From high in the rafters of the Pepsi Center, perched on a bare stage in a big leather chair, the Dalai Lama looked small.

But his message was as big as the world.

"This century should be the century of dialogue," he said Sunday. "The past century somehow became a century of violence, century of bloodshed."

As global trade, travel, telecommunications and the Internet bring people together, the old ways of war and territorial thinking have to give way to mutual respect and aid, he said.

"Take care of others, you will benefit," he said. "Think only of yourself, you will lose." . . .


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