Who can see a stunning landscape

each morning and not want to explore?

 

Or the ocean, and not feel that tug

beyond the common horizon?

 

Look!  I’m offering you a boat, plus

I’ll do most of the paddling.

 

That feeling inside you, it’s gnawing

at you to reach out beyond yourself.

 

Life is a flea that bites you

so you’ll move your attention to the new.

 

What’s sacred, say a good poem,

coaxes you  – wade out from the shore

into the unknown, those wide-open spaces

inside you.

 

Hafiz, (tr Ladinsky and Rob).

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