Stranger Fruit

Friday Poem (1026)

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on the fire suicides of the buddhists

"They only burn themselves to reach Paradise." Mme. Nhu

original courage is good,
motivation be damned,
and if you say they are trained
to feel no pain,
are they
guaranteed this?
is is still not possible
to die for somebody else?

you sophisticates
who lay back and
make statements of explanation
I have seen the red rose burning
and this means more.

Charles Bukowski.

Thanks to my student Devon for passing this one on to me.