Hue Hanh

Photo credit: kind and pure Miro

This is an expectant spider who was working hard in a heavy raining night to prepare for her web before delivering baby spider. There were a lot of rain and wind in that night. The web was swaying hard. M had been watching her for almost the whole night, feeling delighted. From far were lights from rice fields in Ubud, Bali. Every thing came together perfectly in one moment. After a few days, we came back to the spot and found out the web scratched. A new spider baby was there!

Thanks for a new life.

a poem in grateful dedication to Teacher Parker Palmer and his work “A hidden wholeness: The journey towards an undivided life.”

Ethics is not a bar

It is neither a set of external code of moral conducts

nor a ruler to measure or condemn each other

neither a set of rules applied to everybody

nor intellectual things to talk about

it’s intrinsic and unique to each person

you don’t need more ethical knowledge

what is ethics but a command towards being real?

you don’t need to learn about ethics,

you already know it

what it commands is your courage

and it’s totally up to you…

let’s wish for everyone all that you have

let’s wish for everyone all that they want

let’s forgive people mistakes you have made

let’s give sincere compliments at least once

remove “yourself” to see “others”

see other men like your brothers

please don’t smile on any’s misfortune

because we’re going to die soon

you are eventually given what you are worthy of

I don’t hope to be the first one

for you to break sad news

I hope to be the first one

you think of when you want celebration

I hope you will shine, and I will say:

“I’m so happy for you, my friend!”