On seeing the Diabutsu—at Kamakura, Japan
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Long have I searched, cathedral shrine, and hall,
To find a symbol, from the hand of art,
That gave the full expression (not a part)
Of that ecstatic peace which follows all
Life’s pain and passion. Strange it should befall
This outer emblem of the inner heart
Was waiting far beyond the great world’s mart—
Immortal answer, to the mortal call.
Unknown the artist, vaguely known his creed:
But the bronze wonder of his work sufficed
To lift me to the heights his faith had trod.
For one rich moment, opulent indeed,
I walked with Krishna, Buddha, and the Christ,
And felt the full serenity of God.
|from An Englishman and Other Poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1912)|
|Thoughts on leaving Japan||The Little Lady of the Bullock Cart|