Tibetan Village Scenes

  • Posted on: 27 November 2015
  • By: Joe

in the cafe
beneath the photo
of the Dalai Lama

a poster of a 
woman in red
playing pool
drinking Carlsberg


at the stupa
one hundred
thousand prostrations
to the Buddha--
who is keeping count?


after evening meditation
thirteen-year-old monk
takes off his maroon robes

puts on his Nike shorts


walking into a cave
where Padma Sambhava meditated
a thousand years ago

I cut my forehead
on the ceiling
not bowing low enough


these prayer flags
are faded

the words already blown
into the wind


from the corrugated
iron shacks

outside the
Monkey Temple

the sound of refugees


                                               Kathmandu Valley