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Poem for Siddhārtha Gautama of the Shākyas: The Original Buddha

You say, “Close your eye to the butterfly!”
I say, “Don’t blink!”


Copyright © 2017 by the June M. Jordan Literary Estate. Used with the permission of the June M. Jordan Literary Estate,


June Jordan

The author of several books of poetry, June Jordan was born in 1936, in New York City

Date Published: 2017-11-09

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