MANDARIN RESTAURANT GLANCE
To sense beauty of perception in your hand
And to hold it respectfully to your heart,
Even in the fleeting glance at a stranger, a worker
Look at someone who happens to be near,
A soul that shows longing,
A spirit seen yearning.
So easily the eyes and face portray,
Display tender symptoms of human need;
Compassion perceives and eyes of the spirit see more deeply,
Below the body surface
Beyond the attractive youthfulness,
Surface appearance as daily existence lived out
Expectations, maybe even demands of another lived out, in obedient control,
But the submissive heart still yearns!
An Asian so far away from her home
In a difficult foreign land,
True needs probably suppressed,
Long work hours day after day
Freedom in life kept narrow.
Who can deliver from such a snare,
Who can satisfy the deepest heart needs?
Imagination seen to fly away to a distant mountain or river valley,
Thoughts of the spirit in a long stare, eyes fixed somewhere else,
To take refuge in a very tall tree as a Redwood
Branches that reach out far as a Douglas Fir,
Shelter the soul can celebrate under a special fruit tree.
Even as an old familiar song that rises up from within,
Or one remembered in a Mother’s kitchen,
Or a Father’s workshop.