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A Sonnet for Vesak – By Chathuri Wickramaratne
A Sonnet for Vesak
Over twenty six centuries ago
On this day when the moon’s bright full face glowed
Lord Buddha shared teachings we could follow
To end suffering all existence loathed.
Today in my white dress and ribbon bow
Colorful lanterns and flowers in hand
I walk to temple beneath the moon’s glow
To celebrate Buddha who changed all land.
His birth, His death, and Enlightenment too
Depicted on banners adorned all night
Crowds of people swarming to say “Sadhu”
To appreciate Lord Buddha’s great light.
Practice loving kindness and compassion
Such is my Vesak day resolution.