My friend gave me a book last year for my birthday (it will be my birthday again in 3 days. yikes!) and I had it on my bookshelf here in LA. She pulled it out last night while we were cooking dinner and read this poem to me. How had I not noticed the title of this before?! I had read it a few times through already.
Sometimes it is hard for me to articulate what it means to be a heart. So I’ll leave it to this beautiful poet to give us more insight into what I am striving for.
Found in “I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
Once a young woman asked me,
“How does it feel to be a man?”
And I replied,
I am not so sure.”
Then she said,
“Well, aren’t you a man?”
And this time I replied,
“I view gender
As a beautiful animal
That people often take for a walk on a leash
And might enter in some odd contest
To try to win strange prizes.
A better question for Hafiz
Would have been,
‘How does it feel to be a heart?’
For all I know is Love,
And I find my heart Infinite
-Hafiz, How Does It Feel To Be A Heart?
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