Poem: Listening to the Flowers

By John Baca

As you walk slowly and softly by the flowers all in a row, listen quietly and hear them say, "Hey Joe! Stop, look at me, this is what I want you to do. Remember your retreat, breathe and smile, don't cry. I want to reflect my beauty in you."

John Baca is a Vietnam War Veteran from Maryland who attended the Veteran's Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh last April.

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