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Monk Warrior




Bare feet

Bare legs

Ready stance


Kirpan and strap

Cinch his breast

Sword clings like a serpent on his thigh

Saffron sash

Electric blue turban

Stern, somber

Watches, and waits longer

He is seva

His eyes articulate commitment

He is aware

Up above his penetrating gaze

Is a dastaar rolled in tapered layers

Narrow toward the end,

It tips a chakram ready to be freed

Spins a deadly ring

Dissects the air

Divides the enemy

Proclaims -



December 29, 2009

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