09 March 2017

Dark Armpits

In the mirror
I used to see
A large forehead
Pimples
Dark armpits
Dry, course curly hair
A round jelly belly
A big butt
Uneven eyebrows
And a sensitive soul
And be ashamed

Now
I look in the same mirror
And see
The same large forehead
Pimples
Dark armpits
Dry, course curly hair
The round jelly belly
The big butt
Uneven eyebrows,
All crowned with a few sprouting grey hairs
And a sensitive soul
This is the geography of this body
The natural topography of its surface
Which I look at
With neither a sense of ownership
Nor aversion
Towards any of the traits of the temple that is my body
To the divinity that is my soul
Nothing
But absolute beauty
Sincere gratitude
OM Shanti

amal
March 2017

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