02 January 2002

"The gaze of the poet is directed at the heart. He does not see things as mere matter. He converses with the trees and the grasses, talks to the stars, greets the sun and feels a kinship with everything around him…The poetic mind is the source of human imagination and creativity. It imparts our lives on this earth with hope, gives us dreams, and infuses us with courage; it makes possible harmony and unity and gives up the power, which no army can vanquish, to transform our inner world from utter desolation to richness and creativity."

--Daisaku Ikeda