Hope & Yuki


Inspired by
I never look at snow
In less than a new way

Except, of course
I’d have to say
Ando made me see
The stuff as always Beautiful

Enchanting as winter can be
Tears, as well as lovely shapes
It brings, for those with broken hearts

And those who feel stranded
By time, space, and loneliness
And the passing of loved-ones
So, Dear Friends,

Know that if you do not have a real life-and-death problem
At this moment,
You do not have a problem*,

And remember that
Everything is a matter of awareness, good-natured-ness,
Options, and positivity

All negativity is fantasy,
Born out of worry about the past,
Which is gone,
And the future, which never comes; Only the passing
Of the present moment.


Copyright © 2015 Carl Atteniese Jr., AKA ‘Mando’, All rights reserved.
*Thanks to the Venerable Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hahn

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