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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Kingdom of Bhutan


I'm not much of a poem person, but one day on top of a mountain in The Kingdom of Bhutan, this poem came out of me.  I have been coming across it lately, so I decided to publish it on my blog to dedciate to all my Bhutanese friends whom I miss dearly. 

In a far away land,
hidden in remote valleys
barricaded in the folds of
The Great Himilayas
I have landed in Druk Yul,
The land of The Thunder Dragons,
The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Sacred white pyramids
The abode of Buddhas
Thrones of Lotus Spirits
Soar past the clouds
Piercing the heavens
Some never climbed
unsoiled by men.

Virgin green forests
home of the nagas.
Wildlife sanctuaries
flourish the endangered
and the undiscovered
Some never explored
untarnished by men.

Beautiful beings of  
heart-shaped or
moon-shaped faces
with dark almond eyes
and earthly brown skin.
Built of muscle and with
hearts of compassion.
These are the Drukpas,
The Dragon People.

Wrapped babies
sleeping on mothers backs.
Rounded backbones
tilling rice patties.
Toothless grandmas
spitting red doma.
All are basking
so close to the sun.
This is the Kingdom of Happiness.

A mystical blessed country
the land of The Lotus One,
Guru Rinpoche,
The Second Buddha,
weaved through forests
subduing demons,
hiding treasures and
spreading Buddhism
in the hearts
of generations to come.

Red robed monks
Shaved head nuns
Circumambulating
Prostrating
Meditating
Chanting 
Praying
Om Mani Padme Hum
Hail to the Jewel in the lotus.


Hundreds of prayer temples
balancing off cliffs.
Spider webs of prayer flags
beating in the wind.
Walls of prayer wheels
spinning with love.
Strings of prayer beads
infusing with merit.
All for the enlighten one.

In a far away land,
hidden in remote valleys
barricaded in the folds of
The Great Himalayas
Is the last paradise on Earth
- A Shangri-la!
The last of tantric Buddhism
- A Shambha-la!
I have landed in Druk Yul,
The land of the Thunder Dragons,
The Kingdom of Bhutan.

By Sabrina Soares

23 comments:

  1. A very beautiful poem, Sabrina. I really enjoyed reading it. You are good at poetry! It's amazing how a foreigner knows about Bhutan in and out. Bhutan and your students will definitely must be missing you a lot. And we, friends, do miss you a lot. Wish you good health and happiness. Stay well and don't stop loving Bhutan.

    Warmest Regards,
    :)

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    1. Thanks Langa! That means a lot coming from a great poet like yourself. I will never stop loving Bhutan. Best regards to you.

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  2. Beautiful... Keep your poem-milling running :) and do visit our land again :)

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    1. Thanks Sangay! I just have to come back soon. I love your land:). Stay Happy in Bhutan!

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  4. Thank you Alvaro. I love all the different translations your blog offers. It's wonderful. Best of luck to you and your blog.

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  5. I love this poem. So thoughtful and sweet.

    Love,

    Mom

    P.S. Om Mani Padme Hum...

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  6. That's so nice.
    Looking at those pictures, it makes me realise how much I have been away from my home country.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. It melt my heart.

    Best Wishes
    Yeshi

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    1. Awe there you are, Yeshi! Soon you will be reunited with the mountains. Until then enjoy Oz. Best of wishes to you too.

      xoxo,

      Sabrina

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    2. Sabrina ,Here ,a thousand river of joy flows....may it multiply....and through your words i've have travelled through the quietness of these lands...thankyou.

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  7. Wonderful Poetry Sabrina.. Loved it..

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  8. I was there last month & loved the country a lot. Would like to visit again whenever I can. It is a Land Blessed by Guru Ripoche..

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  9. Hi Sabrina,

    I love the poem, and the photos are gorgeous! You have a lovely blog, I just discovered it today.

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  10. Hello Sabrina,
    My name is Ryan and I've stumbled upon your blog while researching teaching opportunities in Bhutan. I've been interviewing for a position over there and was wondering if you could answer a few questions that I have. I believe that someone with first-hand insight would be incredibly valuable as a resource. Hopefully I'll hear from you at ryanrobert7@gmail.com
    Thank you so much for the help.

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    1. Hey Ryan! I'm so sorry that I didn't get your comment in a timely manner and wasn't able to assist you.

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  11. hi sabrina, your blog posts are so heart warming and humorous. i enjoyed a lot reading all of them. you express your emotions so beautifully into words which very few people can. looking forward to read more of your blog posts. i wish you all the happiness and success in life.

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    1. Thanks Hemen! I wish you all the happiness and success too.

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