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).