I know the Way you Can Get
When you have not had a drink of Loving:
Your face hardens,
Your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned
About the strange look that appears in you eyes
Which even begins to worry your own mirror
Squirrels and birds sense your
And call an important conference in a tall tree.
They decide which secret code to chant
To help your mind and soul.
Even angels fear that brand
That arrays itself against the world
And throws sharp stones and spears into
And into one's self.
O I know the way you can get
If you have not been out drinking Love:
You might rip apart
Every sentence your friends and teachers say,
Looking for hidden clauses.
You might weigh every word on
Like a dead fish.
You might pull out a ruler to
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once
I know how you can get
If you have not had a drink from Love's
That is why all the Great Ones
The vital need
To keep Remembering God,
So you will come to know and see Him
As being so Playful
Just Wanting to help.
That is why Hafiz says:
Bring your cup near me,
For I am a Sweet Old Vagabond
With and Infinite Leaking Barrel
Of Light and Laughter and Truth
That the Beloved has tied to my back.
Indeed, please bring your heart near me.
For all I care about
Is quenching your thirst for freedom!
All a Sane man can ever care
Is giving Love!
I Heard God Laughing: Renderings
by Daniel Ladinsky. Mobius Press, Oakland, CA, pp. 81