Tom M photo

NAM JUNE PAIK
WAITING FOR UFO, 1992
Bronze, Stone, Plastic, and Concrete (in three parts)
Storm King Art Center
photo ©Tom Meyer, 2019


If Buddha gave up

On the rising sun

 

And cared not for

The beaded ritual on his wrist

 

And kept mum

During his daily mantras

 

And ignored the

the Twelve phases of the moon

 

And took pleasure in

Dried plastic flowers

 

And studied television instead of

The Pali Canon

 

Buddha would die a

Hollowed man

 

And miss the chance to breathe

Life into and from the universe

 

©Tom Meyer, 2019


Tom Meyer, a BAWP TC since 1991, is a founding Director of the Hudson Valley Writing Project and Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at SUNY New Paltz. Among his hobbies are writing and reading poetry, bicycle riding, gardening, rooting for the Golden State Warriors, and hiking with his dogs and family (not necessarily in that order).