SHOPPING – One of Tom Bol’s Poems
Thomas “Tom Bol” Guta and his Japanese wife, Nariko, were some of our best friends when we lived in Kathmandu Valley in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1970s he revived the natural -dyed Tibetan carpet industry and in the 1980s and early 1990s he turned his artistic talents to reviving Chinese silk tapestry-woven Thangkas. While doing all this, and practicing the Dharma, and brewing chang, and working on his Ph.D at Tribhuvan University, he also wrote poetry. The following example is one of my favorites and especially relevant to the theme of this website.
Tom Bol, his wife and three children were on the ill-fated Thai Airliner that crashed into a mountain on its approach to Kathmandu through monsoon clouds in September of 1992. Next to the manual typewriter in his home office sat a neat pile of papers…random poems, articles, and essays. One of his close friends had a few copies printed and bound, and I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this rare cache.