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  • Please Call Me By My True Names...

  • Don't say that I will depart tomorrow...

  • Even today I am still arriving...

  • Look deeply: Every second I am arriving...

  • ....to be a bud on a spring branch

  • To be a tiny bird with still fragile wings...

  • ...learning to sing in my new nest

  • To be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower...

  • To be a jewel hiding itself in a stone...

  • I still arrive in order to laugh...

  • ...and to cry...

  • ...to fear....

  • ...and to hope....

  • The rhythm of my heart...

  • ...is the birth...

  • ...and death...

  • ...of all that is alive...

  • I am a mayfly...

  • ...metamorphosing on the surface of the river

  • And I am the bird that swoops down to swallow the mayfly...

  • I am the frog swimming happily in the clear water of a pond...

  • ...and I am the grass snake that silently feeds itself on the frog

  • I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones, my legs as thin as bamboo sticks...

  • ...and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda...

  • I am the twelve year old girl, refugee on a small boat...

  • ...who throws herself in the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate

  • I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable...

  • ...of seeing...

  • ...and loving...

  • I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable...

  • I am a member of the politburo with plenty of power in my hands...

  • ...and I am the man who has to pay his "debt of blood" to my people, dying slowly in a forced labor camp

  • My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom all over the earth...

  • My pain is like a river of tears...

  • ...so vast it fills the four oceans...

  • Please call me by my true names, so I can hear...

  • ...all my cries...

  • ...and laughter at once...

  • ...so I see my joy...

  • ...and pain...

  • ...are one

  • Please call me by my true names so I can wake up...

  • ...and the door of my heart could be left open, the door of compassion...

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

Please Call Me By My True Names...

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Please Call Me By My True Names - A Poem By Thich Nhat Hanh

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    Metta Hsu posted on 2015/05/02
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