By John Baca
As you walk slowly and softly by the flowers all in a row,
listen quietly and hear them say, "Hey Joe!
Stop, look at me, this is what I want you to do.
Remember your retreat, breathe and smile, don't cry.
I want to reflect my beauty in you."
John Baca is a Vietnam War Veteran from Maryland who attended the Veteran's Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh last April.