Do you hear?

Do you hear???

I

The bud gently unfolds into a beautiful flower

You see its beauty and revel in it

But……………………………………………

Do you hear the tremors it endures in its bowers?

 

The sun shines to give the dew its due brilliance!

You marvel at its crystalline powers

But…………………………………..

Do you hear the dew’s cry when the sun’s heat makes it all dry?

 

You marvel an ant marching afore with a grain as its gain

But……………………………………..

Do you hear its groan as it carries on alone?

 

The breeze wafts your face and cools your sweated brow

You savor its gentleness that soothes you to a smile

But…………………………………….

Do you hear its weariness bemoaning its journey over a mile?

 

The parched earth receives its first autumn shower

And you rejoice in the union.

But…………………………………………….

Do you hear the blow the ground receives as the rain meets it in

trillions?

 

 

II

Nay! Nay! I hear not any!

Where is gain without pain?

 

The bud’s tremor doesn’t reach my ear

But…………………………………….

I catch the murmur of glory as the flower sways in the air!

 

No! the dew’s cry is never decried

But…………………………………………

I hear its smile on the run

As it proudly gives itself away to the sun!

 

No! No! I hear not the ant’s groan

But……………………………………..

I feel its sigh of relief

As it stares at its own accomplishment in disbelief!

 

I don’t hear the wind moan

But………………………………………….

I hear it swell in pride

With the knowledge of its journey!

 

Never! I hear not the rain’s blow

I hear only the pitter patter of

The joyful union it has with the earth!

 

It is all in the mind

To see things as a kind

Whether, a stone, is in the way,

Or……………

There is a stone in the way!

 

As pain and pleasure

Are but one part of the other

To give is to take

To gain is to lose!

 

Only when we know that we are to die…………

Can we live!

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