Daisaku Ikeda

Short Poems of Mentoring and Encouragement

Selected from the "To My Young Friends" and "Days of Value" poem collections
in Journey of Life: The Selected Poems of Daisaku Ikeda.

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The blossoming cherry
  the rustling of bamboo
The faces of people
  the voices of youth . . .
Loving all these things
  I tread the path
    of happiness.

*

I have just one thing
  I'd like to say:
  To give up
    is to be defeated by oneself.
  Knowing this, I continue to take   
    small but significant steps
      advancing single-mindedly
      toward the fulfillment
        of my destiny

*

I will become someone 
  who has deeply experienced
    the pains of the world
      and knows its ways.
  For only from this arise
    words and actions
      that are valuable
        incisive and just.

*

Someday
  death will visit
    and the time of parting
      will come.
But the bonds I share
  extend eternally
    and I therefore feel
      no deep or bitter
        remorse.

*

Self-respect informs me
  there is no need
    to bow before any person.
And yet my head lowers
  in heartfelt gratitude
    for the unchanging wellsprings
      of your friendship.

*

Looking out
  at the falling snow
befriended by the plum tree
  in the garden
    today once more
  I set out to work
    for the sake of
      the vulnerable.

*

A life in which the
  enthusiasm of the novice
    has been extinguished
  destroys the foundations
    built in the critical years of youth.
Without this foundation
  it is impossible to construct
    the joyous towers
      of a life of greatness

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Conviction as immovable
  as a sheer rock cliff;
affection as warm
  as the gentle spring;
a clearly defined attitude toward life
  like the crisp and golden autumn.
A heart attentively considerate
  like the sparkling stars
    always seeks to share
      the news and music
      of magic lands
    constantly, without cease,
      even as others rest. 

 

 

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