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Please Call Me By My True Names

Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow –
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.

The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.
And I am the man who has to pay
his “debt of blood” to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.

My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart
can be left open,
the door of compassion.

(This poem written by the same guy whose quote graces my blog, Thich Nhat Hanh, who said “we are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness”)

About the Author:

Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening

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Comments

  1. Rogue says:

    nice poem

  2. Erika says:

    hi Quick,

    well I missed you honey … welcome back :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    oh thats funny a title. i just thought….let’s see what that *censored* is up too.

    quick.

  4. Erika says:

    hey Sinn,

    Welcome to the blog and thanks for commenting :)

    I still don’t understand how anyone gets to sex in 6 minutes … this is really far outside of anything I’ve ever experienced … which as you know has long been part of my fascination with your blog. Quite impressive.

  5. Sinn says:

    Nice Poem…

    BTW in response to your question on my blog, it was 6 minutes from meet to sex. Getting rid of her took about 5 :)

    J

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