Listen to the dandelion.


They don’t publish
the good news.
The good news is published
by us.
We have a special edition every moment,
and we need you to read it.
The good news is that you are alive,
and the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
The good news is that your child is there before you,
and your arms are available:
hugging is possible.
They only print what is wrong.
Look at each of our special editions.
We always offer the things that are not wrong.
We want you to benefit from them
and help protect them.
The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,
smiling its wondrous smile,
singing the song of eternity.
Listen! You have ears that can hear it.
Bow your head.
Listen to it.
Leave behind the world of sorrow
and preoccupation
and get free.
The latest good news
is that you can do it.

~ Thích Nhat Hanh

11 thoughts on “Listen to the dandelion.

  1. Lately I’ve been feeling the oppression of the bad news that does get published but yes, this is uplifting. We can look out our window and see plenty of good news always happening in God’s creation every second . . . the universe pulses with His life and light and love to remind us those are unquenchable and immutable and they are there for any who turn in His direction. “Open your mouth and I will fill it” as is says somewhere in the Psalms I think . . .


  2. This is good news and I’m ready for it. Hubby and I were just talking the other day about how we must think on the good things….whatever is true, lovely, beautiful, worthy of praise, honorable…think on these things. Beauty is all around. Thanks be to God! Even in the dandelion. Thank you, Gretchen Joanna.


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