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Episode One Hundred Seventy, The Thousand Stringed Instrument

Our sadness and fear come from being

Out of tune with love

How is it that a person can navigate their lives in a loving way when there is war and suffering all around? We lose the tune, drop the thread and we fall out of step with our best intentions often when coerced to witnessing horror and loss. Human suffering is a real event that forces our attention and clouds our vision.

We cannot act when we grieve and sympathize in a moment. There is no heart-song when we merge with what is real suffering and bloodshed around us. Sometimes it is just brutal.

I think the heart is a thousand stringed instrument and it must always be re-tuned to accommodate what is best in ourselves. Life can press us into discordance and we must strive to stay in love.

Hafiz wants us to stay in tune and know that we are loved even when we are not playing well.

Thank you for listening.

Music: I loved this song, Just Brutal by Toots & The Maytals the minute I first heard it. It fits here. Yes. Life is often too brutal. It is all wrong so much of the time and yet here we are making our way through our lives and trying to bring the best of ourselves forward. We may all fall out of tune from time to time but we have music to realign us with our better natures and bring us back to caring. This song does that for me.

We were brought here, sold out

Victimized, brutally

Every time I keep remembering

What Grandfather said before he died

We were brought down here in slavery

Count out, knocked out, TKO

I don't know what this world is coming to

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.

My book can be purchased HERE. E-book HERE. The Season Two blogcasts with audio excerpts from my book begin HERE: in Behind The Lines. This reading of the book excerpts in a mixed media format is Season Two of this blog. These recorded excerpts are outside the chronological order in which the book was written. Podcasts with audio only beginning with episode 22 can be found HERE.


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