Thich Nhat Hanh, poem: “The Good News They Do Not Print”

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THE GOOD NEWS: Poetry by Thich Nhat Hanh

The good news

they do not print.

The good news

we do print.

We have a special edition every moment,

and we need you to read it.

The good news is that you are alive,

that 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,

of preoccupation,

and get free.

The latest good news

is that you can do it.


Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.Reprinted from Engaged Buddhist Reader (1996) edited by Arnold Kotler with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, CA © 1996 Parallax Press.
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3 Responses to Thich Nhat Hanh, poem: “The Good News They Do Not Print”

  1. laurabruno says:

    Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

  2. Pamela says:

    Yes. He is out of the coma and smiling again.

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