1. Promise me…

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    buddha

    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.

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