The truth begins at the edges of the known... or so suggests Hafiz in this poem. Taking things to the limit of our comprehension is where we need to find ourselves to witness what is never before seen in ourselves or in the world. Whether we go there willingly or are traumatized into it or we die trying to see something new, it is the same edge and the same witnessing. Living an inquiring life is not for the faint of heart. It doesn't have to be dangerous but it does require daring, without a doubt.
....That reveals your heart's
Or that great-wrenching sweet longing...
Thank you for listening.
Music: Well, I was prompted to look at and listen to the beautiful and inspiring song, Everlong by the Foo Fighters when writing this post. This song always reminds me of the spirit of desiring to know and experience life to the fullest. The life beyond 'full stop'. Grohl explains his process of being on the edge of his own known vulnerable abilities here. His confessions of how he felt when writing this song in this video only adds to our understanding its daring.
The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.