If It is Not Too Dark
If It Is Not Too Dark
by Hafiz in “I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz” by Daniel Ladinsky
Go for a Walk, if it is not too dark.
Get some fresh air, try to smile.
Say Something kind
To a safe looking stranger, if one happens by
Always exercise your heart’s knowing
You might well attempt something real along this path:
Take your spouse, lover in your arms
The way you did when you first met.
Let tenderness pour from your eyes
The way the sun gazes warmly on the earth.
Play a game with some children.
Extend yourself to a friend.
Sing a few ribald songs to your pets and plants –
Why not let them get drunk and wild!
Every rung we’ve climbed on evolution’s ladder.
Whisper, “I love you! I love you!”
To the whole mad world
Let’s stop reading about God –
We will never understand Him.
Jump to your feet, and wave your fists,
Threaten and warn the whole Universe.
That your heart can no longer live
Without real love.