A tree won’t scold itself for growing slowly
or reprimand itself for blooming late,
or blame itself when it’s not acting holy,
and, unlike us, it won’t self-flagellate.
Yet we who strive toward a different Light
get on our own or someone else’s case
and claim that we or they aren’t growing right
or growing at a good and proper pace.
But heaven knows it’s not for me to say
exactly how a tree or you should grow,
but I hope each of us will find the way,
the routes that may take long for us to know.
Trees will not torment themselves: may we
reach toward the Light as does a tranquil tree.
Mario A. Pita