Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Wild Party in Your Heart

I read this poem in class today and some folks asked if I would post it for all to savor again...

"In a Tree House"
by Hafiz (Shams-ud-din Muhammad) c. 1320-1389
translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage.

For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to.

Love will surely bust you wide open
Into an unfettered, blooming new galaxy

Even if your mind is now
a spoiled mule.

A life-giving radiance will come,
The Friend's gratuity will come --

O look again within yourself,
For I know you were once host
To all the marvels in creation.

From a sacred crevice in your body
A bow rises each night
And shoots your soul into God.

Behold the Beautiful Drunk Singing One
From the lunar vantage point of love.

He is conducting the affairs
Of the whole universe

While throwing wild parties
In a tree house -- on a limb
In your heart.

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