Do such sweet words poetically expressed
upon touching heart’s inner sanctuary
inspire loving thoughts, words & deeds,
Sometimes I need bold, clearer instructions,
which act as safety cones along the road
backed by highway patrol officer’s enforcement.
Bright orange traffic cones
offering guidance for wise, safe passage.
Because who wants to get hurt?
I witnessed Thich Nhat Hanh
compassionately offering firm words of mindfulness,
Breathe, that’s an order!
And though not the same as “Smile, breathe and go slowly”,
still poetic to my heart,
while clearer to this retired
public health officer’s mind –
to the present moment,
aware of what is happening,
assessing what has happened,
& what may come to pass
is essential, necessary, of utmost importance
for a future to be possible
for all living things, including people.
Do travel carefully, dear friends
with your loved ones & neighbors
along life’s fragile path
taking heed of the cones
that are offering clear signs
of what is up ahead.
After viewing these orange cones
this post leaves you with tender poetry.
When and Why
When I bring you coloured toys, my child, I understand why there
is such a play of colours on clouds, on water, and why flowers are
painted in tints-when I give coloured toys to you, my child.
When I sing to make you dance, I truly know why there is music
in leaves, and why waves send their chorus of voices to the heart
of the listening earth-when I sing to make you dance.
When I bring sweet things to your greedy hands, I know why
there is honey in the cup of the flower, and why fruits are
secretly filled with sweet juice-when I bring sweet things to your greedy hands.
When I kiss your face to make you smile, my darling, I surely
understand what pleasure streams from the sky in morning light, and
what delight the summer breeze brings to my body-when I kiss you
to make you smile. ~Rabindranath Tagore