Acarasiddhi Featured Poet in Pacifica Reading

At Florey’s Book Company in Pacifica in late May, Acarasiddhi’s poems were featured in a reading hosted by Pacifica poet Sherri Rose-Walker and storeowner Aaron Schlieve. The coastal town, balmy weather, and kind hosts created a warm setting for the reading.

Acarasiddhi and Belmont Poet Laureate Jacki Rigon were the featured readers, and they were followed by an open mic, a chance to mingle, and opportunities to buy books. During a light moment at the end of the event, Rose-Walker awarded the featured readers with Poetic License certificates.

Acarasiddhi read over a dozen poems, and one of this writer’s favorites is included below with permission. Follow him on Facebook to keep up on his readings, and watch for him at Lit Crawl at the San Francisco Buddhist Center in the fall.  You can find more of his writing at

On the late bus

ahead of me
on the late bus to Bristol
the woman leaned her head
upon the rain-smeared window
and surrendered herself to sleep

I was reading,
no, fighting through
a novel an ex had given me
when grace feathered my hands

wisps of a ponytail,
the ends of ten golden inches,
kissed my book-cradling fingers

I held pose
as if meditating

until her awakening