Riches and Rhymes

The Poetry and Writing of Janis Gaines

Month: November, 2014

A Zen Lesson

An old Zen master shows an acorn to a follower
and asks him, “What do you see?”
The young man says, “An acorn.”
The Zen master replies, “No, it’s a forest.”



A Prayer for the Animals

Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends, the animals,
especially for those who are suffering;

for animals that are overworked,
underfed, and cruelly treated;
for all the wistful creatures in captivity,
that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted,
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all
Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them,
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves,
to be true friends to animals
and so to share
the blessings of the Merciful.

~ from a Catholic Prayer Book








I saw this as a post on a Peta thread on FB and it really touched me.

“A righteous man tends to the needs of his animal…” Proverbs 12:10

If thou of fortune be bereft

If thou of fortune be bereft” by John Greenleaf Whittier

If thou of fortune be bereft,
and of thyne earthly store hath left
two loaves; sell one,
and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed the soul.