In Honor of Thich Nhat Hanh
Our world is broken in so many ways. People are alienated one from the other In large scale manner Media spread news of division Hate, rhetoric, violence, destruction Countries poise for war Other countries claim allegiance Politicians lose sight Of the people they represent They lose sight of truth, kindness, and respect. A virus attacks the health of all And this tragedy is used As yet another, political tool It is difficult to see the goodness of people The fruit of the Spirit of Goodness It is difficult to live kindness We are wearied by hate We are wearied by illness, suffering, and death We are longing for a return of freedom No more isolation, quarantine, mask, or disease We have come up against adversity And much of our baser natures have been exposed Kindness and compassion have been also present But there is fatigue In the face of so much suffering And so much division We are fatigued We must find our own quiet Each of us need pause See the world which surrounds us The trees, rivers, sky, stars Whatever touches our hearts Be present there Away from humanity which wounds Nuzzle your dog Watch the birds fly free, In formation, they share the lead, they work together Feel the warmth of the sun Or a blazing wood stove Pray your own prayer Breathe freshness in Then put your mask back on And join the world Renewed Now nourished, move forward to Practice compassionate listening Be present Hear the suffering of other Quietly, without judgment or fix Holding only love in your heart Listen Breathe and listen – deeply For that is where healing begins, That is how suffering can be lessened. In the face of all the wounds Be for other Compassionate presence The ripples will spread Healing can happen One life, one moment at a time.