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The Divine Invitation, Thivanka Image House

Polonnaruwa, 12th century AD

And the Gods invited, “become Buddha…” and the painters rendered
That long journey in Jataka tales; of human trials and triumphs
Moments from five hundred and fifty births as Bodhisattva;
Ajanta-eyed divinities salute in the dark womb of Thivanka
On dry plaster, frescoes of love, loss and sansara, survived time…