Father’s Day 2012


written by Helen Harrison


The Dalai Lama came to Manchester:

passed by Piccadilly Gardens,

the Arndale and Afflecks palace,


He wore white shoes and a green visor,

stood on the M.E.N stage next to an adviser,

who chose a raised hand in the audience

to ask his holiness questions.


All wanted to be free of guilt,

he told every one of them;

it’s one life of many,

others are simply being built.


Manchester in happiness, could continue

the Pennine path to enlightenment;

keep filming Corrie and watch

Manchester City play Manchester United.


They began to chant,

Nice one, the Lama, Nice one.


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