Thich Nhat Hanh 1965
promise me this day,
promise me now,
while the sun is overhead exactly at the zenith,
Even as they strike you down with a
mountain of hatred and violence;
even as they step on you and crush you like a worm,
even as they dismember and disembowel you,
man is not our enemy.
The only thing worthy of you is
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face the beast in man.
One day, when you face this beast
with your courage intact, your eyes kind, untroubled
(even as no one sees them),
out of your smile
will bloom a flower.
And those who love you will behold you
across then thousand worlds of birth and dying.
I will go on with bent head,
knowing all love has become eternal.
On the long, rough road,
the sun and the moon will continue to shine.