Angkor What?


Angkor What?

If I could be what I am not,
I’d be someone who’d visited Angkor Wat
who, sitting ‘neath the towers Khmer,
found some bliss beyond repair.

But I am not what I am not
and have never been to Angkor Wat,
and bliss is something I’ve been known
to fix until it starts to groan.

So I must face myself as is–
that is myself with a face like this,
that grins, scowls, frowns (most unlike Buddha)
and is always stuck in would’a, should’a.

But this I tell you–I tell you what–
if we never get to Angkor Wat,
some kind of bliss we still have got
though, sure, it sometimes may get mired
in suffering, you know, and desire–
(thank God)–

Whenever you sit just right there
though you are not a tower Khmer
my Dharma still becomes quite clear
to be to be to be right here.

As Bodhisattva, I may be jumpy
and this Nirvana may be lumpy
but I will take it any time
as long as, anchor, you, are mine.


Here’s a sort of nonsense poem for Tony Maud’s terrific prompt on dVerse Poets Pub.  Angkor Wat (pronounced like the English word “what” ) is an ancient Buddhist temple complex in Cambodia, one of the wonders of the world.  And I’ve never been there!  (Though long wanted to go, always finding the Khmer buddhas particularly beautiful.)

Also, the above was supposed to be a free stock image of Angkor Wat–I’m not sure how the little elephant got in there though. 

PS_-this has been edited since first posting.

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21 Comments on “Angkor What?”

  1. grapeling Says:

    love the elephant – it’s in a different font than the photo, making it an elefont (groan). fun bit for the prompt ~

  2. hedgewitch Says:

    Lots of fun, but like all your writing, k, very human and true as well. This was on my list of things to see once–like many another, I have only visited via photos, but feel a bit closer now after a poem like this.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha. I don’t know about that. I have a friend whose been a couple of times–once during the really terrible years when there were only about three people there. I really do love the faces on those Cambodian buddhas. Maybe sometime! k.

  3. claudia Says:

    smiles.. saw the elephant only after you mentioned it… what a beautiful place and i’m sure one day you gonna make it there… my list of places i would love to go is long as the river nile… ha

  4. This is just so clever and I smiled all the way through – I love “but I am not what I am not”, and “to be to be to be right here”. Awesome work!

  5. vbholmes Says:

    Angkor Wat has been on my list for a long time as well. Have a great book on it, “The Civilization of Ankor”, by Madeleine Giteau (it’s old, 1976, so recent research may invalidate some of the copy, but the book has many interesting photos which remain pertinent). Hope you (and I) get there.

  6. It’s been one of the places on my hitlist for years. Apparently it’s packed full of monkeys?

  7. Glenn Buttkus Says:

    Too much good fun here; had to look 3 times to find the elephantus sillinikidemius; sometimes I feel like the dVerse pub is “packed full of monkeys” & I am the jester; smile.

  8. So witty and clever — I’m still smiling.. and to be what we are not sure to visit what?.. ha.. and that little elephant — wat is he doing there?.. probably the lumpy Nirvana..

  9. Polly Says:

    heh-heh, he’s there! My fave elephant 🙂 Love the poem, love the image – great stuff k. 😀

  10. Tony Maude Says:

    If someone wrote a poem like that about me, I’d be a very happy man. Lovely, k.

  11. billgncs Says:

    really enjoyed this, especially clever about “what I am not” 🙂

  12. Made me smile all the way through but with wisdom as well.

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