The Contest

Check out Ellen Sandbeck's papercuts of the Buddha on the Facebook page "A Buddha A Day." Choose your favorite image, then send a wonderful piece of your writing, one page or less, on any topic, to You may win the original papercut of your choice!

Winning entries will be posted on this page.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Winning entry from Liz Minette

A Poem for A Possible Buddha


Sometimes I am
the dog walker
of the brindle boxer
named Nikolai,
whose heart shines
through his eyes.

So, I am mindful
of this animal,
as we cross
the busy street
into the park.

I gently rein
in the rope,
curl its slack
like one step,
one thought and
ask Nik to heel
which he does
with a sigh.

We look both ways
then enter the
winding footpath.

As I unravel the lead,
Nik leaps ahead and then
side to side - he wants
a million smells at once.

We are just two more,
dog and I, on this trail
shared with bicyclist,
jogger, other people
out with their pets -
what about the couple,
pierced noses and lips,
with the albino ferret
on a leash?

There will be others
to follow, all of us,
that are right now
headed for home,
or on our way
to someplace else.