Foxglove Moments

Alan's haunting novel of the AIDS epidemic, As If Death Summoned, was released on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020, and is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Watch the book trailer here. Read the reviews here.


On my desk, facing me, sits a Buddha
from the Thai Kingdom of Ayutthaya (mid-1300s to 1767),
a gift from a friend who collects cultural artifacts.
I have probably looked at it a thousand times or more.

And then one day as I was writing, 
the late afternoon sun poured in 
and literally cast the Buddha in a new light.

I glanced up and was stopped,
transfixed as he seemed to emerge
from the shadows of the distant past.

And with a shiver I realized
I was gazing into the face of someone
from the 18th century.






[First posted: September 28, 2013]

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