Saint Julian Press Poet
Ron Starbuck - Author and Poet
Here, I am with my
begging bowl in hand,
that only I can see.
I am in the heart of Manhattan,
dressed in a Canali double breasted suit
walking from St. Bart’s to the
Waldorf, it’s only one block and
a world away from home. A young
lady passes by, smiles and that is all it
takes you know, one solitary smile, and
my begging bowl is full once more.
Such riches come rarely, such joy
is known as Shantideva teaches, by
wishing joy to others first. Did you know?
That a single smile, like this one, can
save ten thousand worlds, across ten
thousand universes, as if the first light
of creation has turned back upon the world.
Park Avenue is from When Angels Are Born by Ron Starbuck
St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue between East 51st and East 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City during "Summer Streets", when seven miles of streets are closed to vehicular traffic, including Park Avenue from 14th to 72nd Streets. By Beyond My Ken (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.