LIve while you are alive

"To an English Friend in Africa"

               - Ben Okri

Be grateful for the freedom
To see other dreams.
Bless your loneliness as much as you drank
Of your former companionships.
All that you are experiencing now
Will become moods of future joys
So bless it all.
Do not think your way superior
To another´s
Do not venture to judge
But see things with fresh and open eyes
Do not condemn
But praise when you can
And when you can´t, be silent.

Time now is a gift for you
A gift of freedom
To think and remember and understand
The ever perplexing past
And to re-create yourself anew
In order to transform time.

Live while you are alive.
Learn the ways of silence and wisdom
Learn to act, learn a new speech
Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit
Learn to free yourself from all the things
That have moulded you
And which limit your secret and undiscovered road.

Remember that all the things that happen
To you are raw materials
Endlessly fertile
Endlessly yielding of thoughts that could change
Your life and go on doing so forever.

Never forget to pray and be thankful
For all the things good or bad on the rich road;
For everything is changeable
So long as you live while you are alive.

Fear not, but be full of light and love;
Fear not, but be alert and receptive;
Fear not, but act decisively, when you should;
Fear not, but know when to stop;
Fear not, for you are loved by me;
Fear not, for death is not the real terror,
But life - magically - is.

Be joyful in your silence
Be strong in your patience
Do not try to wrestle with the universe
But be sometimes like water or air
Sometimes like fire
And constant like earth.

Live slowly, think slowly, for time is a mystery.
Never forget that love
Requires always that you be
The greatest person you are capable of being,
Self-regenerating and strong and gentle -
Your own hero and star.

Love demands the best in us
To always and in time overcome the worst
And lowest in our souls.
Love the world wisely.
It is love alone that is the greatest weapon
And the deepest and hardest secret.

So fear not, my friend.
The darkness is gentler than you think.
Be grateful for the manifold
Dreams of creation
And the many ways of the unnumbered peoples.

Be grateful for life as you live it.
And may a wonderful light 
Always guide you on the unfolding road.

(March 1991)

( Bongattu täältä ja oli pakko tallentaa tänne omaan tilaankin.Kiitos Ellis! )


Katriina said...

Runoa kovemmin kolahti sun kuvat: upeaa jälkeä! Teetä ihmeessä itsellesi mattapaperille reilut suurennokset ja kehystä ne vierekkäin. Ne ihan vaativat päästä seinälle.

Anonymous said...

En jaksanut lukea runoa lainkaan; tuli perjantaina kielikylpyä kerrakseen, kun koko päivä oli in english ja aiheena monikulttuurisuus ! Luennoitsija oli pesunkestävä rys... sekä taatusti Putinin miehiä. t: Tiina

Kuvat kuitenkin katsoin - UPEITA ! Komppaan Katriinan ehdotusta !

pikkujutut said...

Katriina, kiitos sinulle ihana, arvostan kovasti mielipidettäsi.Ehkä olisi jo aika jotain printata, mutta meillä on muitakin, joiden tuotteilla täyttyy seinät :).Isompi asunto...

Tiina, no jopas, tuli sitten kunnon luennot. Olethan jo toipunut? Kuten tiedät meidän seinät on jo täynnä..