Poems

James Ackhurst: ‘On Seeing Mary in Guanyin’ and ‘Birthday Poem’

On Seeing Mary in Guanyin I read that Japan’s secret Christians made statues of Guanyin into statues of Mary by giving her a child to hold. Did they think Our Lady was different, or the same as the Boddhisattva of Compassion? Why alter the statues – or why use the same ones? There’s a way of acknowledging something’s different as a way of recognizing it’s the same. James Ackhurst Birthday Poem ‘Your Jesus year,’ is what they told me. I don’t feel that; just that some shift has taken place, from fantasy to memory. I still have schemes, and plans…

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