When life seems so easy

And soft summer breezes blow

Keep an eye upon the future:

Ice, rain and snow.


There’s danger from within: illness, pride and sin

Danger from without: envy, greed, the pig’s snout.

The Buddhas of Bamiyan hewn directly

From sandstone cliffs

Were destroyed by the Afghan Taliban

After nearly 2000 years.

In the name of God

What an irony.

For the close-minded Mullahs.

Their destruction of the Buddhas

Shows us once again

How we humans crave and  cling to impermanent things

Incapable of satisfying us and bringing us more suffering.


* - Duḥkha (/ˈduːkə/; Sanskrit:दुःख; Pāli: dukkha) is an important Buddhist concept, commonly translated as "suffering", "pain", "unsatisfactoriness" or "stress". It refers to the fundamental unsatisfactoriness and painfulness of mundane life.

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Thu 26th Mar 2020 00:37

Your poems never fail to entertain, enlighten, and educate! 🌟

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keith jeffries

Wed 25th Mar 2020 23:42


Thank you for this poem as I remember this act of desecration. I viewed it initially with deep sadness but the last two lines of your poem bring it into a perspective which has more value than the images themselves.

Thank you for this

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