Ani Gjika

Lost and Found

Inside a Buddhist temple, inside a cave, among

tall golden statues, I feel nothing. I think of nothing.

 

I look around, wonder if taking photographs

is allowed. On their knees, eyes shut,

 

natives and tourists rock back and forth

as though straining together to give birth.

 

I imagine a single firefly stumbling into the cave,

its pulsing light rearranging space inside the mountain.

 

On my way out, I find a scrap of blue paper

on the stairs, fragments in Thai script

 

that I can't read. I slip it in the pocket of my jeans,

wondering if a monk wrote a list of things he needs.

 

I hope it's a monk's attempt at poetry. Then

I'd understand the tearing it in pieces.

 

 

 

"Lost and Found" is from Bread on Running Waters (Fenway Press, 2013).