Tripping over Joy


What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think

You have a thousand serious moves.

~ Hafiz ~

Thank you for your presence here.

photo: me, January 2019.
*excerpted from the book, I HEARD GOD LAUGHING (trans. D. Ladinsky)