Practicing from the Heart in the age of Technology - All articles and poems are by Reza Ghadimi, unless otherwise noted.
A clap of thunder, this morning
Awakened me with a scare
Unexpected this early in the spring
Though the storm was welcoming
To our thirsty world
The morning news, however
Was anything but welcoming
And the media makes us think
That our world is full of evil.
But, I've found that people are inherently good
They will always return a good deed
I once helped a choking child on a train
His parents didn't speak English
But they shared their beans and tortilla with me.
Another time, I helped a lady find her car
In a sprawling mall's parking lot
She gave me a quarter
That's all the change I have, she said
I accepted with a smile, knowing it would please her.
In nature, it rains on the rich and the poor alike
Affluence carries no weight
I've been places
Where it rains all the time
Assaulting the desert grown skin of mine
Give me the sun baked sand anytime
I will appreciate it from
The shade of a Cottonwood tree.
Working in clinics around the world
I've come to understand thankfulness
In the eyes of the sick and the injured
Even when they say nothing
At times it makes me feel
That I've won the lottery
Lottery money will soon be gone
A kiss on the cheek from a little child
Will never, ever wear off
I wish I had spent more time there.
I like this world
And pray for it to share its rain
With me and all the kind people.
March 31, 2022