Tripping Over Joy

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What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.

Hāfez, I Heard God Laughing:
Poems of Hope and Joy

Photo: First Habiscus bloom on kitchen window. “It’s officially spring”

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