Denise Duhamel

(1961 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

Buddhist Barbie - Poem by Denise Duhamel

In the 5th century B.C.
an Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches 'All is emptiness'
and 'There is no self.'
In the 20th century A.D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man
with such a belly could pose,
smiling, and without a shirt.


Comments about Buddhist Barbie by Denise Duhamel

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/29/2019 3:15:00 AM)

    Barbie agrees
    with Buddhist teaching!

    really wonderful
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  • Drtony BrahminDrtony Brahmin (3/28/2018 6:49:00 AM)

    Gautama's teaching and the happy bellied man in china remaining as symbol of satisfying smiles...... you are philosophical when u ask that question.......... thank u dear poetess. tony (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/19/2017 12:41:00 PM)

    We may not realise what he did but indeed he was inspired. (Report)Reply

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  • Cane Walker (1/19/2017 11:40:00 AM)

    Gautama was a handsome prince in his youth. But nowadays we only see Buddha idols with a pot belly and a bald head...the Buddha when he grew old. When we grow older, our youthful appearance starts to disappear. That's natural, and it happened to Gautama too, and it will happen to Barbie too. Couldn't appreciate this piece though..it is too practical. (Report)Reply

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  • Ramdas Bhandarkar (1/22/2014 10:55:00 AM)

    Listen Buddhist Barbie..

    In the 5th century B.C.
    an Indian philosopher
    Gautama teaches 'All is emptiness'
    and 'There is no self.'
    In the 8th century A.D.
    Shankaracharya never agrees,
    but points at Upanishads
    wonders how a man
    totally empty can see his disciples,
    preach and teach
    emptiness to emptiness?
    There is self where one is selfless
    smiling on thought of emptiness
    Says we may feel headless or empty head
    But the one who fills all space
    use the device fitted in Globe on our Neck.

    Self shine in its own glory in Selfless person..
    wise one. humble and polite. Shines like Stars,
    burning ignorance as fuel, radiating light of love silently,
    with twinkling smile on lips of Mrithu jaya ananda
    (bliss of winning death)
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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (1/22/2013 9:45:00 AM)

    I think he did not deny the self just kept quiet about it. Good poem. Interesting to think how Barbie is trying to find or create her own identity. (Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (1/22/2013 7:44:00 AM)

    Wonderful. really I do admit. good one. (Report)Reply

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  • Sue Ann Simar (3/8/2007 6:58:00 PM)

    a tidbit and a titbit (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Friday, December 23, 2011


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