'Monastery' by Jules Leigh Koch | States of Poetry SA - Series Two

the early morning sky
has bled out all over

the snug tiled roofs
and tranquillised gardens
of a Buddhist monastery

the air is a medley
with yellow and orange
shavings of sunlight

in the dormitory’s courtyard
well-bred leaves
are falling like penances

stone buildings stand mute
with only a monologue of prayer bells
sounding out each hour

in the commune kitchen
a group of young backpackers
eat their rice and fruit in silence
before their travels will take them
to      Thailand       Paris        Brazil

while outside a monk walks along
the path
chanting a mantra
journeying form one end of his world
to the other

Jules Leigh Koch

Jules Leigh Koch

Jules Leigh Koch was born in Sydney and raised in Adelaide. He is the author of five poetry collections and has been a recipient of two South Australian Literature grants in 2008 and 2011. He has conducted poetry workshops in schools and colleges and at the South Australian Writers Centre. He has also worked as a mentor for emerging poets from Friendly Street Poets and the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust. His professional life is spent working with children with special needs in educational settings.

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