Guanyin (Day 24)

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The bodhisattva on the second floor
Crosses her legs with teenage nonchalance.
She does not twist in lotus, full or half,
Rests right foot on left knee, and, comfortable, rides –
A lion?
Startled, I look anew.
A sofa, surely, or a plumped-up cushion.
No.
Lion, all snarl and barely bridled menace.
Her tiny servitor is maybe anxious,
But she, serene, clasps knee in hands,
Hint of a smile –
Calmly, with compassion,
Observing the cries of the world.

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