Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tibetan Monks Ride the Escalator (& the Bus)

I've just received news from poet Mary Krane Derr that her poem, "The Tibetan Monks Do the Escalator in the Chicago Public Library," which was originally published in Lilliput Review #78, will be riding many a bus throughout the Chicago area as part of a poems on the bus project. In celebration, I think it's time to go for a ride ourselves:

The Tibetan Monks Do the Escalator

----in the Chicago Public Library
In the calm motionless flood
of skylight, the monks one by one smilingly
tilt themselves up
onto the half-seen wheel of slow metal stairs.

Each gathers up his saffron
robe and cheerfully
snaps it at the next brother down along for the ride.
Mary Krane Derr

festival day--
white monks
white butterflies
translated by David G. Lanoue


PS Still working hard on the backlog and two poetry programs for the week after next. The Sunday Service (with jukebox) will be returning soon, along with regular posts.

Lilliput/Wentworth reading April 21st courtesy of the wonderful New Yinzer folks.


Anonymous said...

the poem is a "giggle" ...

delightful imaging

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Hey, thanks for the great photo ...