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August 31st, 2012

Poetry Chaikhana | Mary Oliver - Mindful

Mindful

by Mary Oliver





Every day
     I see or hear
          something
               that more or less

kills me
     with delight,
          that leaves me
               like a needle

in the haystack
     of light.
          It was what I was born for -
               to look, to listen,

to lose myself
     inside this soft world -
          to instruct myself
               over and over

in joy,
     and acclamation.
          Nor am I talking
               about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
    the very extravagant.
        but of the ordinary,
             the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
    Oh, good scholar,
         I say to myself,
             how can you help

but grow wise
    with such teachings
        as these -
             the untrimmable light

of the world,
     the ocean's shine,
         the prayers that are made
             out of grass?


Poetry Chaikhana | Mary Oliver - Mindful
Have Learned So Much

by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)


Original Language English

I
Have
Learned
So much from God
That I can no longer
Call
Myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim
A Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel
Or even pure
Soul.

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed
Me

Of every concept and image
my mind has ever known

Poetry Chaikhana | Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) - I Have Learned So Much


Ladinsky or Hafiz? I like this poem.Collapse )

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