Buddha Taught

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Buddha Taught

Everything is in flux:
our body heat, the flow
of blood circulating through
the arteries, even the thoughts 
in our heads, and the sounds
bouncing off objects all around-
the fluctuating voice cords
and the atmospheric pressure, too.

Everything changing. The muscles
contracting, skin cells dying, nails
growing, hair follicles too. Creatures
coming and going, the air itself, and
the self itself, all moving. Possessions
dissolving:

Cars
Money
Clothing
Books
Computers
Hometowns
Conversations
Drugs
Affairs

Satisfaction 
fleeting.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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