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this place

February 11, 2013
island
This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you
 
Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move against the sky, 
The Beloved has bowed there-
 
Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.
 
I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,
 
But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,
Will keep one 
From accepting the grace, the love,
The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.
 
Never mind, Hafiz, about 
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers, 
For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.
 
But because I am so clever and generous, 
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of His tresses
 
As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.
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