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  • Writer's pictureColin Phelan


Updated: Jul 8, 2021

“Why are you so interested in this?”

Asks a Chinese man

After I explain to him my desire

To slip under the ropes

And see the Gandharan sculpture,

From the 2nd Century AD:

Likely the first iconographic

Representations of the Buddha,

Which also hint

At the growing interconnectedness

Of the 2nd century world,

And also,

The universality of

These sculptures’ mudra, their hand gestures.

“You’re so young. And this is so random,”

He comments,

Filling the silence

Prompted by his first remark.

“Well, why is anyone interested in anything?”

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