Witter Bynner

(1881-1968 / United States)

In Kamakura - Poem by Witter Bynner

In Kamakura, near the great Daibutsu,
When I had sat a long time on the ground
And been gathered up, forgetful of my face and form,
Into the face and form of endless dream,
I found among the booths a little pendant Buddha
With the steel of a round mirror for His halo . . .
So that a brooding head still intervenes in bronze
Between my face and the image of my face,
And I cannot see myself and not see Him.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 22, 2010

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