On this Day in May

Posted by on May 3, 2023 in Poetry | 2 comments

I was sad one day and went for a walk
I sat in a field

A rabbit noticed my condition and came near

It often does not take more than that
to help at times

to just be close to creatures who
are so full of knowing,
so full of love
that they don’t–
they just gaze with
their marvelous understanding.

~by Saint John of the Cross,
16th Century mystic
excerpted from Living the Wisdom of the Tao
by Wayne Dyer

On this Day in May

If I were the rabbit, I would be in the field with you.
You might hear me–not asking what’s wrong,
but in my nibbling of greens
and grace of being,
you would be reminded of what’s right,
even in times of great sorrow and upheaval.

As tears flow,
you might taste their perfect saltiness,
feeing the release of what was,
honoring deeply,
knowing tears are love
for a new home.
Let them flow ~
into the stream,
feeling the cleansing.

Let yourself be caressed and carried
by the stream,
buoyed by the waters in the moment,
without thought of what is around the next bend.
That is too much to bear —


Be buoyed, in this moment,
in the waters that flow,
in and around you
in and around you
In the waters that flow,
be buoyed
buoyed by the grace of the bunny in the field,
and the elements of nature.

Just for this moment.

(c) Britt Nielsen
on this day in May
in 2023


  1. Beautiful and moving, Britt.
    It reminds me of Thich Nhat Hang’s song called “No Coming, No Going”. Have a listen on YouTube if you have time.
    No coming, No Going
    No After, No Before
    I hold you close to me
    I release you so to be free
    Because I am in you
    And you are in me
    Because I am in you
    And you are in me

    • Thank you, Juliana! A beautiful poem by Thich Nhat Hanh. And the song! Thank you for sharing!

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