BY JAN HAAG

INTRODUCTION + POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART





TIBETAN CHRONICLE


"At the Sakya monastery...a large chhorten close to the main temple contained the entire collection
of Buddhist scriptures in Uighur, probably lodged there when no one was left who could read it."
Tucci, TIBET




When no one is left who reads them,
books from the human world, where will
the copies be kept? Like shiny
spirals of magnetic tape, when
no recorders remain, who will know

they contain wisdom from a race
blown to bits by its mind, flung to
the winds with skilled hands. No chhorten
to contain them--when the hewn stones
and the bricks of libraries have

drifted fine as powder, silent
as ash to an unconscious earth,
where will the sacred leaves be found?
Where will the fine cedilla's flick,
the i's dot, the tail of a q,

the cross of a t, where will the
intricate rules of a Sanskrit
grammar reside when no chhortens
remain, bulbous, upright, tuned to
broadcast beyond indifferent skies?







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Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jjhaag@gmail.com




OTHER POETRY ABOUT ASIA

Elura

India

Ryoanji


TRAVEL STORIES ABOUT INDIA

How I Fell In Love With India

Passing Through Bodh Gaya

Vijayanagar

The Wedding in Mahabaleshwar


TEXTILE ART BASED ON INDIAN ICONOGRAPHY AND MUSIC

Asian Diary #1, Kundalini

Asian Diary #2

Kalachakra

Mukra/Tukra/Chakradar




BY JAN HAAG


POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO