Sonnet Beginning with Lines by Milarepa

The purified essence of moving
energy is like an eagle flying.
Or a monkey limping:
Hanuman seeking herbs on the mountain
so brought the whole mountain.

Every word on the page
is pain
coming or going
seeking or striking
each brings its own blood type
running down the paper.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
Hanuman’s foot bled from an arrow strike
so he held the mountain, and flew.


For Björn’s FormForAll, Meeting the Bar on dVerse.  Alright, so I used variations on an already varied form: two sestets and a couplet where the volta summarizes the theme of the poem. The style is very much influenced by Michael McClure, especially his Antechamber & Other Poems.


29 thoughts on “Sonnet Beginning with Lines by Milarepa

    1. m.j.smith

      Thank you but…the first two lines are the “Beginning with Lines by Milarepa” part – Milarepa being the great poet of Tibet. I used those lines to launch the monkey/problem of the sonnet linking Hanuman’s troubles to the difficulties we all have with creativity at times.

      1. m.j.smith

        No, no, my responsibility – I’m just not sure how to annotate it. Seems distracting to put it in quotation marks.

  1. I also liked that every word was pain coming or going and at times this is why we write, the pain we see or hear, the injustice, our lives punctuated by brief moments of happiness. Your words added much to the beautiful first bit.

  2. Glenn Buttkus

    Lots of thought here, a very bold & creative take own the prompt–constructing new parameters, striking out from mythology, and alighting in existentialism. Read it thrice, really dug the audacity.

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