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                                                            Photo by Pat Hoerth

The Old City of Jerusalem,
with its many temples, mosques and churches,
some literally built on the ruins of the others

 

Would You Think It Odd?

Would you think it odd if Hafiz said,

‘I am in love with every church
And mosque
And temple
And any kind of shrine

Because I know it is thereThat people say the different names
Of the One God.’

Would you tell your friends
I was a bit strange if I admitted

I am indeed in love with every mind
And heart and body.

O I am sincerely
Plumb crazy
About your every thought and yearning
And limb

Because, my dear,
I know
That it is through these

That you search for {God.}

I Heard God Laughing; Renderings of Hafiz
Translation by Daniel Ladinsky