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(Image Todaiji Buddha: Wikipedia)


When a child is crushed

in a terrible earthquake,

even a samurai sobs.

The after- tremors:

they are quite terrifying.

It was bad enough

when the Todaiji Buddha’s

head fell off, so long ago.

But, what did it signify?

Anything at all?

Man’s vanity was rife then

and it exists now.

What is the point of trying

to analyse it?  No point.