Re-living history

We imagined history’s monks
Who had sailed here in a boat,

For a space for Buddha peace.
We see  stupa in smooth brick

And  is what might have been.
It has no Buddha ashes below.

Here are rooms where monks
Lived and bee-hummed sutras

With fingers on beads like bees.
That is  what might have been.

Only sea down hill would know
The living monastery that was.

(After visiting the Thotlakonda Buddhist monastery site near Vizag)

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