Thursday, January 6, 2011

The watcher

Year after year, the stone Buddha sits on his stump halfway up the hillside. He watches the raccoons and the skunks, the opossum with half a tail, the family of black-tailed deer, the finches and the chickadees, the towhees and the jays, the lizards and spiders, cats and humans. Some live and some die, some eat and others are eaten. Through it all, the Buddha is impartial. A shower of eucalyptus bark falls on his head. A line of ants marches across his lap. A feral cat sharpens her claws on the stump. The Buddha is patient, constant. Everything changes but this one thing.

10 comments:

Sandra L. said...

I wish I had a stone Buddha, as well as a stone St. Francis of Assisi. I do have a stone hedgehog on the porch, along with a rock that looks like a potato. My hubby found it while digging in the yard.

What a cool blog! I esp. like the story about Cindy and "Charlie." A lovely story indeed.

Querulous Squirrel said...

I like your Buddha. I have a stone frog instead. He does the same thing. Maybe he's the Buddha in disguise.

smartz said...

As soon as I get home, I'm going to find a buddha. Thanks for reminding me I need one.

euthymic said...

Would the stump be more alive than the buddha? Or are they both dead? Are they or aren't they? What isn't it?

Chris said...

I just discovered your blog today on Critter Farm's blog because I saw the picture of the Aerophant, and was intriqued because for one...I love elephants more than I even know...and would really love to have a copy of that picture. Can you tell me...is is available somewhere?
I love your photos and stories. I live in Washington state and oh...I have goats!!

bookfraud said...

We all need a Buddha in our lives. Mine is a Chinese welcome cat staring me down in the living room. Always there, always will be.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Hello. I have something to tell you: I think your blog is wonderful.
But, hey, I'm not the only one. My husband (picky man that he is) has only two blogs bookmarked and, just now, after years, he has finally added a third (yours). Your Buddha statue picture initially caught his eye on my sidebar and now he can't stop reading.

He's been sitting here next to me now for, oh, about the last 25 minutes reading through your various posts...and, every now and again, will look up at me and exclaim, "wonderful stories!!"

I just wanted to share.
:-)

Tai said...

Farmgirl, I am so honored and delighted to be Farmboy's third blog ever. That is such warm praise, thank you for letting me know. xo

Bookfraud, does your welcome cat look like this?

Hi, Chris: I think the only way to get the aerophant photo is to download it and print it out. Hello and kisses to the goats!

Euthymic, no one really knows where the stump ends and the Buddha begins…

Smartz: chances are, you already have one!

Squirrel and Sandra: frogs and hedgehogs, and especially rocks that looks like potatoes, are all well-known disguises for the Buddha.

Chris said...

Thank-you...I will try and do that or have someone a little more computer savvy than I do it! :)I am enchanted with elephants...since I was a wee one...I support the elephant sanctuary in tennessee for rescued and retired circus and zoo elephants. Have you heard of it?

Tai said...

Chris, I love the Elephant Sanctuary too. What a remarkable place. And your comment reminded me that I posted a link to their elecam a few years ago!