May I lay my guns in the ground
so that they may not menace by my hands.
May I lay my eyes on young beauty
and ask nothing but its thoughts, and peace of mind.
May I lay alone
and drink the pleasure of solitude.
May I lay with another
and forgive my expectations.
May I know confidence
who's true face is silence
May I know strength
who's true power is letting go.
May I know love
compassion without prejudice.
May I feel pain
suffering without malice.
May I give
without anticipation for return.
May I receive
without the weight of obligation.
May I forget
past and future,
to invite life's lasting present.
May my spirit be free
to abandon passions
and practice the ecstatic dance
of a leaf carried by the stream.