The scorched brown black
earth telling cinder tales
of just passed fire storms

Lining the road
to the Monastery
at Tassajara.

In the mountains of the Salinian’s
near the sacred spring
of another tribe

The Buddha chants
the Bells ring.

The stones of the walls
wait on their journey

To the beach sand
by the sea. . .

Stephen Brown
Del Rey Oaks, CA
January 2017