Poems

House in Order, by Sussumu Hirayama

Sit in silence is to put the house in order, not in the order someone said or what I want, in the order it is. Sit in silence is to pay attention to yourself, realize, understand yourself, not by the senses or intellect, for being whole. Sit in silence is to pay attention to life, […]

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Gandhi’s Prayer

My Lord, help me to tell the truth in front of strong people and not to lie to obtain the applause of the weak ones. If you give me a fortune, do not take away my reasoning. If you give success, do not take away my humbleness. If you give me humbleness, do not take […]

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The black sandals, by Marisel Hilerio

Last time that I gave my mother shoes,they were black sandals.She debuted them the next day.When I saw her, I was surprised becauseI had bought them for “a special day”and I asked her why she had used them for the first timeso quickly and she said,“What if I die tomorrow? Will someone else debut them?They […]

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Plum Village, 2018

Kiss The Earth, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Walk and touch peace every moment.Walk and touch happiness every moment.Each step brings a fresh breeze.Each step makes a flower bloom.Kiss the Earth with your feet.Bring the Earth your love and happiness.The Earth will be safewhen we feel safe in ourselves. – Thích Nhất Hạnh […]

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Where is the heart?, by Elena Barumerli

Where is the heart?It is in a hot plate, at the table and, in people around.It is in a good morning with a hug,and in a wrong step.It is in a melody, in the freedom of the fireand in a mindful listening and the wind that we feel.The heart is in a decoration, a detail, […]

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Keeping Quiet, by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelveand we will all keep still.For once on the face of the earth,let’s not speak in any language,let’s stop for a second,and not move our arms so much.It would be an exotic momentwithout rush, without engines;we would all be togetherin a sudden strangeness.(…)If we were not so single-mindedabout keeping our […]

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She Let Go, by Safire Rose

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.She let go of the conuence of opinions swarmingaround her head.She let go of the committee of indecision within her.She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,without hesitation or worry, she […]

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I am a herd keeper, by Alberto Caeiro

I am a herd keeper.The flock is my thoughtsand my thoughts are all sensations.I think with eyes and ears.And with hands and feetand with the nose and the mouth.To think of a flower is to see and smell itand to eat a fruit is to know its meaning.So when on a hot dayI feel sad […]

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Love After Love, by Derek Walcott

“ The time will come when, with elationyou will greet yourself arrivingat your own door, in your own mirrorand each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.You will love again the stranger who was your self.Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heartto itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your […]

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Walk slowly, by Danna Faulds

“ It only takes a reminder to breathe,a moment to be still, and just like that,something in me settles, softens,makes space for imperfection.The harsh voice of judgment drops to a whisperand I remember again that life isn’t a relay race;that we will all cross the finish line;that waking up to life is what we were […]

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