Her Eyes, the Window to Her Soul

tibetan lady

High in the Himalayas in a little village in Southern Tibet, our small bus pulled into a station for fuel. Our group of fifteen road worn seekers piled off the bus in search of cold drinks and bathroom facilities. An outhouse with ventilation was a real treat.

As had been the case at most of our stops, Tibetan children, tanned by the intense mountain sun, immediately surrounded us. Their tiny hands were outstretched begging for gifts and money.

Most of us had our cameras on us. Mine had become a permanent appendage. Everywhere we looked there was a beauty in one for or another. After standing there a few minutes, breathing in the magnificence of the surrounding snow capped Himalayas; I felt a strong, but gentle energy directly behind me. When I turned, the eyes of a tiny Tibetan woman met mine. For a moment I fully understood what it meant to be “One” with someone. As I took her picture, a broad smile formed on her face, telling me that we both understood who each other really was.

Even though her clothes were stained and worn I, not once, felt sorry for her. If anything, I envied her for she truly knew who she was. Our messengers come in all shapes and sizes and often when we least expect them. The following poem tells the lesson I learned.


A Tibetan Star

A face that has seen
Many a sunrise
Her life full of toil
With not many a surprise.

But yet a smile
Shines upon her face
The lines of life
A delicate lace.

Her hair has grayed
But not her soul
It shines ever bright;
It has paid the toll.

Eyes that have seen much
Still shine ever bright
Ever filled with hope
For they see the Light.

She meets the stranger
With her small cupped hand
Although always begging
Proud she does stand.

Her attire is simple
It protects from the cold
What hidden gems
Does she conceal in each fold.

I feel no pity
For her path is her choice
I judge not her path
For we hear the same voice.

3 comments on “Her Eyes, the Window to Her Soul

  1. Doni Stant says:

    This poem is thought-provoking and inspirational. Claudette has a unique understanding human nature.

  2. Happy you liked it. She was a doll.

  3. Pam Van Winkle says:

    Claudette has had many travels and experience’s. Thank you so much for sharing..

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