Poetry: “Recommendation” by Thich Nhat Hanh

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 your 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 thousands 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.



From: https//www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=2088

Aloha, Renee


Banner photo:  “Pumpkin” – friend Lacey’s bird



About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

5 responses to “Poetry: “Recommendation” by Thich Nhat Hanh”

  1. Rosita says :

    I promise, my dear 😊 also, I love dat poem!’ Thich Nhat Hanh’s poetry are simply amazing ❤️ I’m doing my part to make world a better place, as u’re doing it too 🤗 BTW, 2nd round of elections is Sunday.. no optimistic about it at all, but still…we do our best to improve life in our tiny big planet.
    With love,

    • reneeriley says :

      Good luck tomorrow in Brazil, Rosita. I hope everyone votes to help make the world a better place. xoxo

      • Rosita says :

        well..Bolsonaro won. but Haddad wouldn’t be such a great option either, economically talking 😩 we were literally between Scylla and Charibdis, and we did chose Bolsonaro. At least, there’s still lots of hope he can solve, or at least, diminish criminality problems.. let’s wait and see, ‘cause we can’t judge a book by its cover. Plus, no government is really perfect, politics are also humans, with our flaws. So, let’s wait and see before taking anymore precipitated conclusions 🙂
        Love y’all,

      • reneeriley says :

        Hi Rosita: You have a good attitude – and it’s true that we must all be alert and see. Good luck to Brazil. Aloha, Renée

      • reneeriley says :

        Hi Rosita: I think we are all needing to pay more attention to what is happening than we did in the past. Good luck to Brazil and you and your family. Aloha, Renée

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