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Buddhist Barbie

In the 5th century B. C.
An Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches “All is emptiness”
And “There is no self.”
In the 20th century A. D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man
With such a belly could pose,
Smiling, and without a shirt.

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Poem Buddhist Barbie - Denise Duhamel