The Taming of Angulimala

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Why is it that
Angulimala’s 1000th victim
Was — if not for Buddha — been his dad?
That Buddha, himself, may have
Been subjugated and had?

While 999 men were killed, their penises cut,
Where was this guide, the Buddha:
The worldly copassionate one?
Where — more the question — was the Police:
Polishing the interiors of their gun?

This was a major serial killer incident,
Fucking terrorism spreading
Wherever there were men and men had balls.
Brought down to his knees, on Buddha’s bidding,
His Rest begins. His Desire falls.

Momentary rehabilitation and brought back to the world
This once male-slayer
Changes gear and trade, becomes a prominant player
Of the Buddhist tradition but his name survives
More as the man who shaped husbandless wives.

So, he was saved, not as much
For his own redemption
But, this, perhaps
You ought not mention.



One thought on “The Taming of Angulimala

    contoveros said:
    May 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm


    Two thumbs up. Uh, better make that 999 thumbs.

    Great lines here. What a story. Thanks for having enough chutzpah to publish it . . .

    michael j
    Conshohocken, PA USA

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