One day, when you face this beast alone

My favorite poem, written by Thich Nhat Hanh. I have learned so much from this most beautiful poem…
Promise me,
promise me this day,
promise me now,
while the sun is overhead
exactly at the zenith,
promise me:

Even as they
strike you down
with a mountain of hatred and violence;
even as they step on you and crush you
like a worm,
even as they dismember and disembowel you,
remember, brother,
remember:
man is not our enemy.

The only thing worthy of you is compassion –
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face
the beast in man.

One day, when you face this beast alone,
with your courage intact, your eyes kind,
untroubled
(even as no one sees them),
out of your smile
will bloom a flower.
And those who love you
will behold you
across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying.

Alone again,
I will go on with bent head,
knowing that love has become eternal.
On the long, rough road,
the sun and the moon
will continue to shine.

Poem title: Recommendation
By Thich Nhat Hanh – 1965

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  1. MANJUNATH MH

    November 14, 2014

    A highly meaningful quote to call it a day. Its midnight here. Have a relaxed weekend, my dear Jen

  2. Therea Pasci

    November 14, 2014

    Ohhh the smooth calmness of the creater

  3. Marina B.

    November 14, 2014

    Thanks so much for this wonderful poem!

  4. Jayesh Thakkar

    November 14, 2014

    Great lines, abstract of humanity which teaches us that " HUMAN" is the most precious and beautiful version of life by god where beuty of soul makes the life pricious. Good night Jendhamuni sos.

  5. Will Wooten

    November 14, 2014

    Beautiful poem. Thanks

  6. Kathy Grimm

    November 14, 2014

    +Jendhamuni Sos​, Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem dear Sister. I haven't been here too much, we had the great grand baby Aubrey all week, I loved it !!!!!!

  7. Carlos Bation

    November 14, 2014

    Great and meaningful post jenh thank U for sharing this important messages ..good health be safe ..Ingat my dear

  8. Dave Lavis

    November 14, 2014

    So powerful sister Jen thank you for sharing.

  9. Gwendolyn Davidson

    November 14, 2014

    Absolutely comforting and very sound!!! T Y Sis Jen, precious with much wisdom !! ggd

  10. Gwendolyn Davidson

    November 14, 2014

    Please take care of your temple.!!!! God give you much strength. ..pls rest peacefully. ISMILE

  11. H,. Highlander

    November 14, 2014

    Dear Jenny, Thank you very much, this is Divine and it Beautiful saying "Powers of LOVE" good just to Good.

  12. Carlos Bation

    November 14, 2014

    +H,. Highlander same to you bro.have a beautiful weekend at magandang umaga rin sa iyo salamat kapatid

  13. U R Saini

    November 14, 2014

    Awesome. Magnificent post. I vow to lord Budha. You know he spent much time at Gaya in our country India.
    Thnx
    Jendhamuni

  14. Vishnu S

    November 14, 2014

    Beautiful

  15. Bhagaban Panda

    November 15, 2014

    so wonderful post sis jen god bless you

  16. Ajay Agnihotri

    November 15, 2014

    Nice poem and beautiful post..good night Jendhamuni.

  17. Malcom al Shabbaz

    November 15, 2014

    +Jayesh Thakkar humane is divine. That was a great sister sos. Try to find the humanity or virtue in mocking someone. To get a laugh @ anothers expense maybe. That's contrary to Budhism no one's perfect.

  18. jai kannan k

    November 15, 2014

    First, promise self that I will introspect within me….try to know what I am..treat others as equals like you… rest everything will fall in its place.. god bless you my lovely lively frnd ..

  19. Malcom al Shabbaz

    November 15, 2014

    I'm trying but it feels like there are more naysayers than supporters. God Bless you also jai.You know I will never lose my faith.

  20. sanjeev adukia

    November 15, 2014

    Beautiful , meaning ful, heart toching and inspiring poem .
    I read nice poem after so many days.
    Thanx, JMS.


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