Interrelationship – poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

You are me, and I am you.
Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"?
You cultivate the flower in yourself,
so that I will be beautiful.
I transform the garbage in myself,
so that you will not have to suffer.

I support you;
you support me.
I am in this world to offer you peace;
you are in this world to bring me joy.


(from “Call me by My True Names  – The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh”, Parallax Press, 2005.)

Just a simple monk!

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14 comments on “Interrelationship – poem by Thich Nhat Hanh
  1. Magda says:

    Dear Thay,
    Your poem is simply beautiful.
    Thank you.

  2. Dunja Millos says:


  3. Rumana Ahmed says:

    Thank You. I am so grateful that I can not express it in words. May the Nature bless You. I wish I can learn meditation from You. Regards, Rumana.

  4. Andrea says:

    My eternal gratitude to Thay; without his teachings I would be lost.

  5. Augustus says:

    Thank you.

    • Susanna Jones says:

      Me too. I’ve been learning from him at home for a yr. He saved me at humanity’s lowest point 🎋

  6. Phoebe Denton says:

    blessings of abundance

  7. Dennis says:

    Thank u for sharing this wonderful truth.

  8. Another bold, direct clarification of a deep and eternal truth. Please share this.

  9. Nancy McConnell says:


  10. Ingrid says:

    💘💕 So beautifull, so true.

  11. Juliet Balaam says:

    Beautiful poem. Thankyou for sharing it.

    • Ralph Beach says:

      He has a way with his words to understand how he thinks and vision. Thank you thich nhat hanh for positive and mindful ways.
      God bless
      Ralph Beach

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