Kill the Buddha

Kill the Buddha

I am wood and I am put into the kiln
I am fire and the water washes over
I am pottery hard enough to crack
kill the Buddha moment by moment
you are not what you wear you are not what
you feel
a feather in the cap a shot of mercury in a glass
a ghost in the machine a puff of opium smoked
kill the buddha before it holds fast.

Close your eyes
is it all just black and white
the nebulous thoughts break like autumns tree limbs
caught up in the terbulence of preconception.
What is made real is made real
by labeling by numbering by misunderstanding
kill the buddha moment by moment
take the new and keep it that way.

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Comments

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeabout 5 years ago

    “you are not what you wear you are not what
    you feel”
    I’ll buy half of this.

    A good thinker bill..

    oh you’re just upset about
    the “Kill Bill” movies eh? :)

  • It’s actually a clumsy way of saying kill the idea that one idea will carry you through life, didn’t come out quite the way i wanted it.
    I didn’t mean to kill the actulal Buddha LOL, like I said kind of clumsy :)

    – bill bell

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeabout 5 years ago

    Clumsy, to me, means innocent, fresh, not rehearsed, honest amongst other very positive concepts… I appreciate your explanation, which is what I Love about redbubble…
    One actually gets to hear what the artist was thinking or feeling when writing…
    Trip on dude! :)

  • I shall :) LOL thanks Lee

    – bill bell

  • sandraellen
    sandraellenabout 5 years ago

    Glad about your intentions re buddha…phew, lol, not clumsy at all Bill (do not ever doubt yourself man) You write wonderfully and your ‘idea’ was got!
    Great sentiment, i enjoyed….as usual…sandra xx

  • Thank you scamp :), i don’t always doubt myself but the title can be very decieving.

    – bill bell

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 5 years ago

    Budda says: “Life is fucked up, you’re on your own.” LOL. I love this poem, keep stumbling through.

  • Life is fucked up but i love his attitude and his posoitive ideas thanks JR

    – bill bell

  • sandraellen
    sandraellenabout 5 years ago

    BILL…‘just had me a revelation’…I know who your writings remind of…DON MCLEAN (compliment) (I think, anyway)…Vincent, Empty Chairs and good ole Ameican Pie, you seem to share the same lateral style of thought (I likey) (I hope you like Don Mclean..gulp)
    ok, i can sleep now…..sandra xx

  • Love don Mclean grew up on him, American pie was a big influence, very astute grashopper :)

    – bill bell

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 5 years ago

  • bill bell
    bill bellabout 5 years ago

    Thanks Ushna, that’s the surprise of the day :)

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