Encased in plaster,
the light inside forgotten,
safe in its refuge.

Fear and courage dance,
discontent trembles within—

As the plaster cracks,
I am the golden Buddha
glistening anew.

© 2021 Laurie Mansur All Rights Reserved


Laurie Mansur is an artist and small business owner living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She draws inspiration from her family, the natural world and from the experiences of giving birth to a new life at the age of 58. You can see more of her artwork at

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