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Episode One Hundred Nineteen, This Sky

Updated: Apr 24

A mortal coil is tight and it secures us as our skin wrap as promised. At times our spirits itch to escape this bondage. Perhaps we sense a wonder beyond us and this fuels a passion. A faint memory of what we sense we know but do not know can take seed within us. Something out of reach that may be experienced and we decide that we want it. For some it is an escape and some kind of lesson run into. Often we over reach in attempting our flight of fancy and we can lose our ability to stay aloft. Some are just born with wings of knowledge and they can soar with a brilliance to explode on the scene with some kind of important gift that relates to a larger dispensation of humanity. We can not even imagine them otherwise, so keen they are in fulfilling their destinies. Sometimes it is a combination. There is no denying, however, many of us have this desire to be beyond what we know of ourselves.

Hafiz speaks of taking to the sky in flight in this poem. A note of caution is suggested. That too is built into our awareness when choosing an adventure but it is often lost sight of when in the middle of the sweep of our endeavors. We may survive and we may not but the love we share of life is never lost and it is the love that is the most important thing in this whole ball of wax we call our lives.

Thank you for listening.

Music: Who among has not known or witnessed someone in our lives that seems to know The Whole of The Moon far beyond our comprehension and leave us in awe? This song by The Waterboys is a classic and, I think, reflects some of what Hafiz is getting at in this poem. Some pioneer somewhere has

...stretched for the stars

And you know how it feels

To reach too high

Too far too soon

You saw the whole of the moon...

and lived to inspire us all.

The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here. Also, my thoughts on this series a year into these poems, HERE.

The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.


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