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Lungta: Finalists in the Windhorse Poetry Competition

photo by Jeff Fink

photo by Jeff Fink

Shambhala Times Poetry Space Editorial Board
is pleased to present the Nine Finalists in the first ever Shambhala Day Poetry Contest

From Philadelphia to Alaska, from Texas to Nova Scotia. From the Netherlands and South Africa. From Germany and Spain. Nearly eighty entries in the Sakyong’s inaugural Shambhala Day poetry contest poured in from around the world.

So many and such diverse expressions of the experience of Windhorse! Reading each poem was a joy, making choices an agony. How were we to select just one? But a choice was made, and that poem was read aloud on the Shambhala Day broadcast.

But there’s more – the editors of the Shambhala Times Poetry Space chose nine finalists from which the winning poem emerged. We’re delighted to share these nine expressions of Windhorse below, along with the names of the authors.

We are profoundly grateful for all who shared their work as part of this contest — may it be of benefit.

“With windhorse, we are like warriors racing over the vast plains of Tibet, our victory banners fluttering in the wind.”
~ Ruling Your World

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown reads the poetry finalist at the International Broadcast of Shambhala Day, photo by Marv Ross

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown reads the poetry finalist at the International Broadcast of Shambhala Day, photo by Marv Ross

In sunlight, leaves
On plum trees quiver.
They know!

~ Ann Cason
Portland, Oregon

Just the right moment
Whatever the answer
Sunlight tickling your beating heart

~ Katja Hafemeister
Berlin, Germany

Look! white birds she said
Oceans of Love we feed
More Chickadees were bred
And Early Spring, instead!

~ Scott Forbes
Halifax, Nova Scotia

outside scooter
next gear
cheering up
on a grey day

~ Marc Olmstead
Oakland, California

Stop and feel your heart
Means nothing
Until You
Stop and feel
Your heart

~Evan Silverman
Barnet, Vermont

Ride Windhorse
I into We
We into I

~ Ron Pickup
Sonora, California

The new construction site called SELF
Notice – major renovations happening there.
de-constructions, not repair.

Sweep often with the inquiry broom,
The dust of habit….settles, all too soon.

~ Roberta Pyx Sutherland
Victoria, British Columbia

Wind blows though me,
At the edge, looking over the ocean.
Emotion shines through me,
At the edge, looking back at resistance
What is windhorse? What is not?

~ Joshua Weinstein
Boulder, Colorado

Stirrups creek as I mount
breathing-in the pine forest
On a seat of bone and flesh,
Hoofs erupt on the exhale

~ Susan Smith-Sargent
Lexington, Kentucky

Submit Your Poetry

We have a panel of three editors who review all submissions; the submissions are stripped of all identifiers when they’re sent to the editors. To that end, please submit your poems left margin justified in a simple black font so it’s easier to collect them for review.

Please submit no more than three (3) poems in the body of an email to [email protected]. We will remove the poet’s name from the submission before it goes to our editors for a blind review, and will make every effort to let you know whether your poem(s) have been selected for publication within three or four weeks. All rights revert to the author 30 days after publication.

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5 responses to “ Lungta: Finalists in the Windhorse Poetry Competition ”
  1. Ana María Milán
    Mar 10, 2014

    Caballo, te miro
    Caballo del Viento, me miras
    avanzaré contigo a tu lado
    hasta el punto donde convergen todos nuestros lugares.

  2. Maybe you need a new mandala, new hierarchy, new sangha. Siddharthasintent.org is Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s. Lotusgardens.org is Khandro Rinpoche’s. Press charges if the situation was unlawful, if that might protect others. Some people at radiofreeshambhala.org have had similar negative experiences. You might find some sympathetic listeners there. Meanwhile, don’t get distracted. Focus on your own path. Best wishes.

  3. When people are mean, it doesn’t mean they’re bad.
    They are mean because they are in so much pain.
    They can’t help it, so who can you hold that against?

  4. I’m sorry that whatever happened happened.
    Writing a poem is good, but it may not be enough.
    Be brave and kind and tell the truth.
    And forgive and forget.
    Peace and love.

  5. Dawa Chöga
    Mar 8, 2014

    “Whatever comes out of the mind,
    Regard not that as poetry.
    When the true poetry comes,
    No such question exists.”

    Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
    [from “The Victoria Memorial,” Mudra,1969]

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