On the Buddha’s Belly
The terracotta laughing Buddha
Sits beneath the red bud tree
As is his custom.
He casts a knowing glance across the yard
To St. Francis
Who stands beside the juniper.
A lizard crawls upon the Buddha’s belly
And rests in the sun
While a hummingbird gathers nectar nearby.
St. Francis declares that creation rejoices
As the Buddha allows
The humblest of creatures
To rest in the stillness of the day.
Chaos threatens confused rulers of the world
While order and peace reside
In my backyard.
Upper photo: Forest Buddha by Marianne Williams (Getty Images)
Lower photo: Backyard Buddha by Charles Kinnaird