A Poem Called Mala My third finger and thumb move along each bead. Smooth to the touch, the bead, a marker a prayer a desire a plea- to: all the angels in heaven to: the one that i call god to: the buddhas and bhodisattvas of the past the present the future and beyond to: my ancestors of my highest good only to: palden lhamo the protector of the doctrine to: mahakala the protector of the doctrine to: padmasambhava the guardian of awakenings to: avilokiteshvara the buddha of compassion. To all of you blessed beings with your abundant compassion, have mercy on me have mercy on all of us who pray to clear our karmic obscurations so we may thrive in your shelter of peace.
Jodi Lin is a Queer/Trans Asian Pacific Islander poet and filmmaker based in Manhattan. Their poetry can be experienced in a video diary called “Leaving Beauty” on their YouTube channel of the same name, Olney Magazine, and The Poetry Project Footnotes publication. A graduate of the ART Institute at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, and a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship recipient. https://linktr.ee/hellojodiii