Poetry

The Dangers of Lower Rebirth

As a spider. Do spiders suffer?

May they be free from suffering.

As a mole. A crow.

A hungry ghost—

something that has to eat

and is forced to reproduce

its sad desires.

 

As a wolf.

Do wolves suffer? May they

be free from suffering.

As a fly. Some buzzing

soul that never rests.

A hornet. A horned

frog. Do frogs suffer?

May they be free from

suffering.

 

As a creature

in hell. Lucifer.

A feral boar. A senator.

Do senators suffer?

May they be free from suffering.

 

Yesterday I was a charging

bull. A bear. A fretful notion

of rage. Today, I am briefly

human, and while I have hands

I write this wish for you

to be happy. For you to be free

from suffering. For you to find,

in confusions of words & lies,

your own human hands and mind.

Priscilla Frake

Priscilla Frake is the author of Correspondence, a book of epistolary poems. She has work in Verse Daily, Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Medical Literary Messenger, Carbon Culture Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The New Welsh Review, among others. Anthology publications include Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Enchantment of the Ordinary, and Women. Period. She lives in Asheville, NC, where she is a studio jeweler.

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