question for the bodhisattvas
how big the heart
how big to hold and
love this world
where after a party on
Halloween
still in costume
a kind boy of twenty
stabbed  stabbed
left dead on the tracks
the train hits his sacred body
and all the world

(is changed forever)


© November 1998 Leslye Layne Russell

This poem was published in
15 Women Poets of the West (One Dog Press) in 1999.


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