Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Monk Carrying a Golden Urn

When I was a child it was common to see
groups of nuns walking in long dark robes
and stylized veils, they were respected
members of the community.

Times changed and the nuns changed
wearing secular dress to better blend in to
service their parishioners.
Now there are almost none at all.

After the Vietnam War, refugees flooded
the land bringing their own religious beliefs
and today on the same streets where 

I used to see nuns I now see Buddhist monks

with clean shaven heads, wearing orange
robes, walking down the streets, 

carrying golden urns. They are now
part of a community where I grew up.

Interesting how the world changes
around me everyday.

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