Sister Sakura: A Poem and Reflection for Springtime

This is a post by 瑠威 明 Francesco Matsuo. Lui is Japanese, FtM, was born in Japan and raised all over the world.  He was raised in a very conservative Buddhist family in a Shinto environment. Early in his life, he had an urge to become a Capuchin Franciscan or a Franciscan monk. However, due to his gender identity, he is still looking for any order that will accept him as who he is.

ueno-sakuraSister Sakura

You are wonderfully strong
Keeping the light of hope lit steadily
Believing that the future will be better
I don’t know how you do that
But I’m here to learn

You gently protect
The tender light of hope from harsh wind
Keeping it lit and sharing if you see one who is without
That is what you asked of me

It is undeniably tough at times
In the lonesome rainy season
Unstoppable tears just flow
And the burning heat of the summer
Dries up the spirit of hope
Angry wind of typhoons
Try to blow out the light of hope
And if not by blowing it out, by watering it out
With a grand tsunami
On and off, earth has trembled
And my knees have shook in insecurity

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On sheep, wolves, sheepdogs and a Good Shepherd

“Let my trust be in your mercy, not in myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability or human resources.

If I trust in You, everything else will become, for me, strength, health, and support. Everything will bring me to heaven. If I do not trust You, everything will be my destruction.”Thomas Merton

I am a sheep.

How you doin'?

How you doin’?

Now in different climes, this could mean different things. To people of faith, I could be acknowledging my desire to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd. To hipsters, punks and other breeds of nonconformist, I could be admitting that I fail to deviate from the societal norm. To physicists, I could be declaring myself to be a computer program that calculates General Relativity.

In the gun world, I am a sheep, and apparently that’s not a good thing.

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