Tuesday Poem

Something Invisible

Once I asked my master
“What is the difference
Between you and me?”

And he replied,
“Hafiz, only this:

If a herd of wild buffalo
Broke into our house
And knocked over
Our empty begging bowls,
Not a drop would spill from yours.

But there is Something Invisible
That God has placed in mine.

If That spilled from my bowl,
It could drown this whole world.”

by Hafiz
I Heard God Laughing
Penguin Books, 2006
Renderings of Hafiz by Danliel Ladinsky