Dharma Card for July
matter of course;
Why don’t they feel thankful
to these wonders---
to what they take for granted?
have a dad and a mom
You have two hands and two legs
You can go anywhere you like on foot
You can reach for anything with your arms
You can hear and speak
Aren’t you fortunate to have these matters?
But nobody seems to be awakened to the happiness;
“It’s a matter of course,” they laugh away.
You can take food
You can sleep well at night
to awake next morning
You can breathe in to the full
You can laugh, weep, and cry
You can run around
Those are taken as matters of course
Nobody seems to be thankful to these matters---
to these wonders
Except for those who have lost them;
They alone know how invaluable those matters are.
Because “It’s a matter of course.”
---Composed by a doctor who lost his leg and
passed away young from bone cancer.
---Adapted from To Asuka and My Baby I Haven’t
Seen Yet (Published by Shodensha Co.)