I Have Learned So Much

During morning prayer, I came across this poem.  I have only recently discovered the writings of Hafiz but how so very glad I am to have his poems to meditate upon and give new breath and expression to my soul.  

“I Have Learned So Much”

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 a 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.

By Hafiz,  in ‘The Gift’ translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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