“Buddha Cat of Edsall Road” by Jake Cosmos Aller  

I had another encounter
With the divine recently
Another cosmic cat perhaps
Perhaps not
Who knows what cats are
Are they alien from another dimension
Or was he channeling God?

I call him the Buddha cat
For the cat loves
Sitting in a meditative pose
Not moving
Just starting at me
With his soulful deep eyes
Boring into my soul
exploring all my secret thoughts

The Buddha cat
Does not move
Does not react
As he is so deep
Into his interior mediation
Truly in tune
With the cat universe
And the cosmos as well

The Buddha cat
Seems to be
One with God
One with Buddha
One with Allah
And all the other
Billion names of God
Known and unknown

The Buddha cat
Can teach us all
About the art of meditation
As he zones inward
And loses his soul
Joining the cosmos
And becoming
The Buddha cat

The Buddha cat
Lives in a modest
Town house
In a modest suburb
Proving yet again
The divine spirit of God
Is everywhere all around us

The Buddha cat
Reminds us all
To look for god
In the everyday

All around us
If we but have eyes
To see


John (“Jake”) Cosmos Aller is a novelist, poet, and former Foreign Service officer having served 27 years with the U.S. State Department serving in ten countries – (Korea, Thailand, India, the Eastern Caribbean (lived in Barbados but covering Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Vincent) and Spain, and traveled to 50 countries and 49 out of 50 States. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he taught overseas for five years and served in the Peace Corps in Korea. He has an MPA and MA degree (Korean studies) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has written four novels, 900 poems, and 50 short stories. His work has appeared in over 25 literary journals.

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