Poems

Make the ordinary come alive, by William Martin

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people […]

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Give me your hand, by Clarice Lispector

Give me your hand: I will now tell you how I entered the inexpressible which has always been my blind and secret quest. How I entered into what exists between the number one and the number two, of how I saw the line of mystery and fire, and that it is a surreptitious line. Between […]

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You Reading This, Be Ready, by William Stafford

Starting here, what do you want to remember? How sunlight creeps along a shining floor? What scent of old wood hovers, what softened sound from outside fills the air? Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now? Are you waiting for […]

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Love and do what you wish!

Love and do what you wish! If you shut up, shut up for love; if you speak, speak out of love. If you correct, correct out of love; if you forgive, forgive for love… Put this root of love deep in your heart.  From this root of love,  only the good can be born. Within […]

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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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