If It Is Not Too Dark
Go for a walk, if 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 hearts 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 evolutions 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.
I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz
by Daniel Ladinsky