Spring 2024 - The Weeping Skull


Were those tears streaming from the empty eye sockets of the twelfth-century skull that the Rinpoche cradled in his hands? Nevir noted the question and returned his mind to the breath entering his left nostril and tangling up the nose hairs.

    The horror and elation in the eyes of meditators crowding the Great Hall of Wisdom suggested that the tears were unlikely to be mere condensation. A reasonable assertion, considering that the precious skull had been brought from the courtyard cabinet that enjoyed a view of the Annapurna ranges …


Born in Angola and raised in Portugal, Paulo da Costa is a writer, editor, and translator living in Canada. Trust the Bluer Skies, a book of creative essays exploring fatherhood, masculine identity, and multicultural parenting, is forthcoming in 2024.

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