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Buddhist Barbie
(1961 / Woonsocket, Rhode Island)

Buddhist Barbie

Poem By Denise Duhamel

In the 5th century B.C.
an Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches 'All is emptiness'
and 'There is no self.'
In the 20th century A.D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man
with such a belly could pose,
smiling, and without a shirt.

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but wonders how a man with such a belly could pose, smiling, and without a shirt. Beautiful, critical. views. tony
Barbie agrees with Buddhist teaching! really wonderful
Gautama's teaching and the happy bellied man in china remaining as symbol of satisfying smiles...... you are philosophical when u ask that question.......... thank u dear poetess. tony
We may not realise what he did but indeed he was inspired.
Gautama was a handsome prince in his youth. But nowadays we only see Buddha idols with a pot belly and a bald head...the Buddha when he grew old. When we grow older, our youthful appearance starts to disappear. That's natural, and it happened to Gautama too, and it will happen to Barbie too. Couldn't appreciate this piece though..it is too practical.


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