Change Rooms in Your Mind

All the Hemispheres
A Poem by Hafiz

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

• • •

Image: Female Nude Seated in Water from Boston Museum of Fine Art. Japanese, Late Meiji era, 1906.

8 Responses

  1. TJB Googins

    i really like THIS – and what a lovely image to go with it – is this a handpainted woodcut? is it a japanese postcard? quite lovely – nice colors, etc – and i love the poem… wonderful word play that evokes a gentle desire to “change rooms in your mind for a day” – thank you!

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