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Floral Notes and Bardo: Parinirvana Poem

I heard your call and came to your doorstep
Basked in your radiance
and wondered about your secret quarters

I sung for you, waiting,
admiring your absence
while unable to escape you

I have stayed and relaxed quite a lot —
although my bladder is full
Relaxing further
I know I’ll discover
flakes of gold in my urine

You’re in
I mine

Perplexed is the poet
beside the singing bird
on a ponderosa bough

Blue is my wonder
surrounded by sun
Gold is how gone
I’ve become

— April 4, 2016

Floral Notes and Bardo: The Creative Chronicles of a Shambhala Mountain Resident is a regular feature on the SMC blog in which a member of our staff/community shares his experience of living as part of Shambhala Mountain Center.

About the Author

1606965_10154263909095154_2100377528113425384_nTravis Newbill is a writer, musician, and aspirant on the path of meditation.  He currently resides at Shambhala Mountain Center, where he handles the SMC Blog, and other marketing tasks. He also gives tours of the Great Stupa and is empowered as a Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position.


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