You are a temple of mud and soul

just like us                    an adobe of possibilities

a hollow of love, language and laughter

your body contains at least a liter of sunlight

and stardust                    radiating from every smile

From the collection Prayer Flag PoemsPosted by kind permission of the poet.
Image by Kent Pilcher.

Read more of Hakim Bellamy’s Prayer Flag Poems:
#11, #12

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy

About the author

The inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque, Hakim Bellamy is also a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow. A National Poetry Slam Champion, Bellamy’s first collection of poems, Swear, was awarded the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing from the Working Class Studies Association. A musician, actor, educator, television host and two time National Poetry Slam Champion, Bellamy has facilitated writing workshops and performances in schools, prisons, hospitals, community and senior centers in at least five countries. To learn more about Hakim, visit