Saints–Poetry Potluck

Statue of St. Francis of Assisi

Image by larrysphatpage via Flickr

Submitted to Poetry Potluck: where today’s theme is Idols, Role Models and Mentors


Beneath the scarlet tupelo,
a concrete Buddha waits,
listens to the sound
of falling leaves.

Nearby, a maple reaches down,
shelters St. Francis and the quail
scurrying for seed at the statue’s feet.
The Saint watches.

Wintertime, blanketed by snow,
Francis asks his friend:
“What do you see, Buddha?”

“I hear life surging below.”

“But is there food for my friend?”
Francis begs.

“There is nothing more
than what has always been.”

41 thoughts on “Saints–Poetry Potluck

  1. Silvertongue says:

    Superb work. I came from a High School where St. Francis is our patron and Buddhism is something that intrigued me in College. I love their interaction.


  2. Soul-stirring! Nice one:)


  3. trisha says:

    where are you victoria? missing you a lot!


  4. Reggie says:

    I have to echo Blaga’s comment…that really caught my attention.


  5. Artswebshow says:

    The quote is a double edged sword.
    A lot of these wisdom thoughts are. lol
    Great poem here.
    I like the way it was told


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  7. It is true that the good and evil of life never seems to change, eh? Very nicely written poem.


  8. What’s best about this is how subtly and accurately you captured the two of them. It’s so subtle I almost didn’t notice: Buddha “waits” while Francis “watches”; Buddha “hears” and “listens” while Francis “sees”. Buddha is (un)concerned with what is, Francis is thinking about what might be (for others). What Francis asks, and what Buddha answers, is perfectly in their characters.

    Pair that with some well-chosen details about the setting, and you have this beauty. Clean, and needle-precise, and more and more telling as you dig further in. Excellent stuff. 🙂


  9. Mama Zen says:

    This is fabulous!


  10. Olivia says:

    Intriguing n ironically, some things never change.. they keep happening at intervals with a different face masked on!

    We need to learn the art of handling those- often again n again!!

    hugs xx


  11. Kavita says:

    Those were some real profound lines there… WOW!! I bow before them for their wisdom… and I bow before you, Victoria, for giving us a glimpse of it here in your beautiful poem…
    This was amazing!!


  12. fiveloaf says:

    great conversation between them liv! thank you for sharing this! my late potluck haha-


  13. kolembo says:

    Great stuff, these statues nestled in coves, watching and talking….lovely poem.

    …Beneath the scarlet tupelo…

    And such words!


  14. dan says:

    The calm of the Buddha and the all knowing answer, “There is nothing more than what has always been,” speaks volumes as St. Francis searches. Isn’t that the wisdom of the ages? If you seek something it is usually found close or within. Thanks for sharing.


  15. lunawitch15 says:

    you just have to open your eyes to see.
    ThatWas beautiful!


  16. seabell says:

    I really enjoyed your poem. And you picked well your saints…


  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    The perfect combination and conversation of Saints. I love it. Thank you!

    Beautiful poem. Hugs!


  18. Lyn says:

    This reaches into my soul..rescued by the Buddha once more..lovely!


  19. Jingle says:

    true sentiments…
    well done.


  20. honeyhaiku says:

    I LOVE this…love, love, love. What brilliance!


  21. Kim Nelson says:

    Fabulous, fabulous!
    Could have been written in my mission garden!


  22. trisha says:

    this is amazingly beautiful victoria. a beautiful take on the theme.


  23. Jade says:

    Amazingly powerful poem in its gentleness and wisdom. I love this dialogue between Buddha and Saint Francis!


  24. Very nice inter-action. like asking’ what do you see’ and answering’ I hear’. 🙂


  25. life doesn’t change?
    Intriguing read, I enjoy buddhist thoughts and the way you meshed the saint in, quite intriguing, happy monday!


  26. this is just makes you want to read again and again…love your words…Eliza Keating


  27. Scent of my heart says:

    “There is nothing more
    than what has always been.”

    What a end … Loved it!


  28. Well done. Your close brought to mind Ecc 3:15.


  29. bendedspoon says:

    I am in awe of your imagination! If they can connect there is no reason we can’t. 🙂


  30. souldipper says:

    But, of course! Thanks, Victoria, very profound.

    I’m not being precognitive, am I…did you post this before?


  31. Bodhirose says:

    Two of my favorite mentors/saints commiserating–I love it. This touched my heart.


  32. This one will stay with me. For some reason, it’s got me thinking about the little picture and the big picture. 🙂 Nice work, dear friend.


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