Friday, July 29, 2022

May we serve each other

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
~Dalai Lama

Happy Poetry Friday! Sharing a Buddhist wedding blessing today, plus two poems that go well with it.

I Bow Deeply
Thich Nhat Hanh

Standing quietly by the fence,
you smile your wondrous smile,
I am speechless,
and my senses are filled
By the sounds of your beautiful song,
Beginningless and endless.
I bow deeply to you.


A Blessing for The Journey
Sensei Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Let us vow to bear witness to the wholeness of life,
realizing the completeness of each and every thing.
Embracing our differences,
I shall know myself as you,
and you as myself.
May we serve each other
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.
Let us vow to open ourselves to the abundance of life.
Freely giving and receiving, I shall care for you,
for the trees and stars,
as treasures of my very own.
May we be grateful
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.
Let us vow to forgive all hurt,
caused by ourselves and others,
and to never condone hurtful ways.
Being responsible for my actions,
I shall free myself and you.
Will you free me, too?
May we be kind
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.
Let us vow to remember that all that appears will disappear.
In the midst of uncertainty,
I shall sow love.
Here! Now! I call to you:
Let us together live
The Great Peace that we are.
May we give no fear
for all our days,
here, there, and everywhere.


To the Reader
by Vijay Seshadri

I’m writing this so I can tell you that what you’re thinking
about me is exactly what I’m thinking
about you.

What you’re reading is exactly what you’re writing,
by the light of a taper, deep inside yourself,
at your walnut secretary.

These words are saying
what those words say, and these and those

are those and these, mine and yours, and have no meaning,

read the rest here


Marcie Flinchum Atkins has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Marcie!


Liz Garton Scanlon said...

I needed these this morning. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Oh my…such a peaceful feeling that comes from these. Thank you

Patricia Franz said...

Tabatha, thank you for sharing the blessings and poem. They bring to mind a couple for whom I hope is growing into this kind of relationship.

Susan T. said...

Those are so nice! I especially liked the line, "Let us vow to open ourselves to the abundance of life." And Vijay's poem, too! I worked with him many years ago.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

It sounds like you are getting some good generosity exercise, Tabatha. These just keep flowing through and around and up and down with the simple truth of the necessary.