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Literature and Ideas

Dead Doves

White-crowned Pigeon by
John James Audubon
(1785–1851).
Can those
who have seen
the bones
that go
a certain
shade of grey
that resembles
the plumages
of pigeons,
bones
that are thrown away
like crops
that rot in sun
when autumn comes —
can those
who have seen
the bones
still love,
and not succumb to them?
yānimāni apatthāni
alāpūneva sārade
kāpotakāni aṭṭhīni tāni
disvāna kā rati

Dhammapada, verse 149

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