A boy opens his birthday present,
from his father delivered in the post.
The boy cries out for his father’s presence,
which is what he wants the most.
A homeless man halves his last bread
and feeds it to the birds.
“They are my most loyal friends,”
He said with dignity pronounced in every word.
In the thicket of an abandoned forest,
a yellow flower blooms gloriously.
No one visits or admires her anymore,
Yet she still shares her gift wholeheartedly.
A group of spiritual seekers,
practice diligently day and night,
They offer each other their humility and humanity,
learning to live a life that is right.
Wealth does not buy love,
Status does not emulate dignity,
Giving is not always unconditional,
But noble friendship heals our individual fragility.
For in those times of doubt and vulnerability,
when our minds are clouded by small-mindedness,
our friends remind us that there is something greater,
and moves us towards the unconditioned happiness.