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Episode Two Hundred Forty One, Birds of Passage

Many of us know the rules all too well. We know what is expected. We gather this information at a very early age to position ourselves to be loved and cherished. Something happens, though, for everyone when we are not watched and we find our lives in an unexpected undertaking. Suddenly we can be up to our ears in alligators and/or on our own.

When the dust settles, all we have is how we reacted to our wandering away from what is familiar and safe and this is where our lives really begin. This is what we were born for. We stumbled upon the vein of gold that runs through our lives. We have found the treasure of a larger lesson to be learned in our lives. We are offered a choice that suggests that we step up or run away. We fight or we fly. Whatever our response, we have found the one thing we came to do in this precious life: respond and learn something only we could live through to better understand.

Hafiz talks here about how we arrive with a broken wing and we are lifted high and low depending on the experience that we need to have:


Birds of passage

Arrive with a broken



Are then lifted by god

So high and


To experience the heart

Of everything...

Thank you for listening.

Music: It is a well known story by now about the origin of the song by the Beatles, Blackbird. It was inspired by the American civil rights uproar in the 196o's. This unrest was heard around the world. Paul McCartney penned this song responding to the monumental movement to free the oppressed people of color in our country. The United States wandered into misadventure with allowing slavery, oppression and suppression in a supposedly free county. Our hypocrisy was revealed when the facade ruptured and reality gained purchase. This is how those passages are travailed and corrected. Discovering this error in our governmental values required our need to amend how we were living and framing our relationships. This song was penned in support of that passage and just in time "for that moment to arise."

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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