05-02-2011, 10:29 AM
Anything is POSSIBLE if we really and truly desire it.
05-02-2011, 10:37 AM
bless you dear SUPPERMAN> I think you are Super Man--
Live your life to the full, every moment is precious.
I look forward to your Possible Poem.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
05-03-2011, 04:29 AM
Thanks again, for your positive thinking, and enthusiasm.
Though "enthusiasm" is not my style.
I want to behave "ordinary" and want to become an "ordinary" old man, if I'm not denied to become old by God.
I want to live a modest life. I want to behave decent.
I'm lacking ability as a poet, so I would like to introduce my favorite poem.
It describes Japanese spirit very nicely. (Old and traditional Japanese spirit. Maybe not now..)
"Amenimo makezu" by Kenji Miyazawa
not losing to the rain
not losing to the wind
not losing to the snow nor to summer's heat
with a strong body
unfettered by desire
never losing temper
cultivating a quiet joy
every day four bowls of brown rice
miso and some vegetables to eat
count yourself last and put others before you
watching and listening, and understanding
and never forgetting
in the shade of the woods of the pines of the fields
being in a little thatched hut
if there is a sick child to the east
going and nursing over them
if there is a tired mother to the west
going and shouldering her sheaf of rice
if there is someone near death to the south
going and saying there's no need to be afraid
if there is a quarrel or a lawsuit to the north
telling them to leave off with such waste
when there's drought, shedding tears of sympathy
when the summer's cold, wandering upset
called a nobody by everyone
without being praised
without being blamed
such a person
I want to become
05-03-2011, 07:36 AM
I wonder if you would say that this poem attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
runs along similar lines to the one you posted.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
05-03-2011, 08:40 AM
and read it for the first time,
yet I could feel the same taste too.
Both Oriental people and Western people may think the same thing, because we are all human-beings, whose power is very smaller than the nature (God).
Very very small, yet we can do something modest.