Aryamati writes from Manchester, UK, to say - “l'm pleased to say l've won a poetry prize in Didsbury Arts Festival. l'd like to give thanks to Bhante, for encouraging us to develop our imaginations through the arts. Only when l came to Manchester as a mitra did l begin writing poetry; my gratitude to him for opening a new awareness - and to Ananda and Manjusvara for their ‘Wolf at the Door’ workshops, and their friendship. And to Vishvantara for her love and support.
“This poem was inspired by a Garden exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, it's in 2 parts.
Lots of metta to you all, Aryamati
Pole-axed by weak sight
you turned from Turner to gardens;
enthralled by his whites, his touches of red
you poured them into English borders;
banking marigolds beside lavender,
with folk foxgloves;
Jarman said it with flowers to Dungeness Powerstation
By the concrete hulk,
the nuclear powderkeg,
bulwarks of huge daisies
dilly-dilly - on withered sedge;
thyme passes unloved sand-dunes,
wild flowers crown rusting crosses.