The soul of humanity at large. In this poem Hafiz talks about our being part of something larger than ourselves with recognizable parts but - I imagine - mixed like a powerful cocktail, the effects of which can deeply depend upon our individual desires and agendas. We are all at various degrees of being awake and asleep and because of this we have drama. We have comedy and tragedy; we have unfathomable violence and unspeakable joy. I have a theory as to why our lives are spread across such a barely sustainable spectrum such as this but I'll save that for some other time. Here the subject seems to be the vast pool of consciousness that we all spring from. Hafiz says,
....I am one with you beyond
You have of this world
I can also say are mine...
Asleep or awake, we are here and alive sharing our lives in infinite ways. Waking from what we perceive as a tiny pool to a vast body of likeness can be frightening but for knowing that there is a part of ourselves that has already had its morning coffee and knows how to hang the moon.
Thank you for listening.
Music: Walk on common ground or swim in the vast blue sea...Melissa Etheridge has a song about our commonality called A Litle Bit of Me. I like how this image of Etheridge is made up of thousands of tiny pictures of others. It goes here.
...The world goes 'round and around and 'round
Everybody feels a little upside down
No need to be afraid of anybody you see
There's a little bit of you in a little bit of me...
artwork: Moře (Sea) by Eduard Tomek 1971
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.