saigon heart

(Thich_Quang_Duc, Buddhist monk, Saigon 1963.)

could you imagine
having a heart
that could conquer governments
halt injustice
and make the bullets of enemies
into useless coins?

do you see yourself
holding enough love within you
that it outlasts
flames that strip you of your flesh
flames that strip you from yourself?

could you imagine
your heart
toppling evil
burning bright enough to honor Buddha’s light
being a phoenix for truth?

let love be the match
that sets your spirit ablaze
the fire this time
will be the waters of truth
that will cleanse the world for better days.