“The Good News” by Thich Nhat Hanh (repost)

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.

“The Good News” by Thich Nhat Hanh, from Engaged Buddhist Reader: Ten Years of Engaged Buddhist Publishing, edited by Arnold Kotler. © Parallax Press, 2001.

(originally shared 12/3/15)

One thought on ““The Good News” by Thich Nhat Hanh (repost)

  1. Maureen

    I love this! How perfect for now. I can’t tolerate the news anymore, with the constant death count pasted on the screen. Yes it’s tragic, and scary, and surreal. But there is so much good around us. Outside my pear tree is full of blossoms! The corkscrew willow is budding tender green. Baby cardinals and bluebirds visit each day.

    Thank you so much for posting such uplifting, inspiring poetry during this craziest of times.


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