Walk Away!


January 19, 2014 by petrujviljoen

For Dverse. Thanks Bjorn for hosting this.

Sacred Fig / Ficus Religiosa

Walking away from dead old wood

from dried blood on a cross

from pressing the wound

from the wailing and gnashing of teeth

from the threat of hell.


Walking by way

of a manifold path

there are three, there are four there are

eight ways to take (one would need them all)


to sitting,

mindfully meditating,

under a living Bodhi tree.



12 thoughts on “Walk Away!

  1. in de tuin says:

    Fancy…a holy fig!
    I know the ficus in various forms, but hadn’t come across this one.
    Very much like your tribute to this tree, complete with its connotations.


  2. claudia says:

    a tree with quite a history… sometimes it’s good though to walk new directions and look at things with new eyes…nice.. and nice to meet you


  3. Steph says:

    I’m with you.. I’d rather meditate under the Bodhi tree than all that gnashing of teeth I grew up with. Makes much more sense.


  4. Ah.. very nice to meet you here Petru.. great you took up the Bodhi tree…


  5. brian miller says:

    dang…that opening stanza sets the tone…the allusions to the cross…to the wound…to the sitting in meditation under the tree…its a cool write…


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