Thích Nhat Hạnh
promise me this day,
promise me now,
while the sun is overhead
exactly at the zenith,
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,
man is not our enemy.
The only thing worthy of you is compassioninvincible, limitless,
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,
(even as no one sees them),
out of your smile
will bloom a flower.
And those who love you
will behold you
across ten thousand worlds of birth and dying.
I will go on with bent head,
lmowing that love has become eternal.
On the long, rough road,
the sun and the moon
will continue to shine.
Excerpt from: Thích Nhất Hạnh „Being Peace“
Picture: , 20.11.2022: Hanging, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons