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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Good News

(Open Window by Henri Matisse, 1869-1954,
French printmaker, painter, and sculptor)

“And when we come to think of it, goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows. It is deep, quiet, and very simple. It passes not with oratory, it is commonly foreign to riches, nor does it often sit in the places of the mighty: but may be felt in the touch of a friendly hand or the look of a kindly eye.” ~ Ray Stannard Baker (1870-1946), American journalist and writer


They don’t publish
the good news.
The good news is published
by us.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

~ Thích Nhat Hanh, born 1926, Vietnamese Buddhist monk


Anonymous said...

That is beautiful, I love that poem. I just found this blog and I want to subscribe now.

Joyce Ray said...

Oh my gosh, I love this poem, Maria. I need to save it. Thank you for your terrific pairings of art and word.