Travel softly in this world;
leave no trace of tears but only
the memory of your smile, your voice
a record of your years.
Keep peace with all around you
human and all otherkind, wage no war
and do no harm with hasty deed
or cruel mind.
Seek the quiet places in your heart,
spread balm when pain has lain, gentle
touch the trembling hand
to know its living is not in vain.
Travel softy, speak with grace
and hear the wisdom of the old,
bring comfort to the ones in need;
in humbleness be bold.