I Have Learned so Much

Upon my return from Peru last night, I find myself with so much I want to write and share about the experience, but not yet ready to publish anything. But for now, I share this beautiful poem by Hafiz to sum up how I feel on this crisp Sunday morning while reading poetry surrounded by warmth, love and objects I brought back with me:

I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH

I
HAVE
LEARNED
SO MUCH FROM GOD
THAT I CAN NO LONGER
CALL MYSELF

A CHRISTIAN, A HINDU, A MUSLIM,
A BUDDHIST, A JEW.

THE TRUTH HAS SHARED SO MUCH OF ITSELF
WITH ME

THAT I CAN NO LONGER CALL MYSELF
A MAN, A WOMAN, AN ANGEL
OR EVEN PURE
SOUL.

LOVE HAS
BEFRIENDED HAFIZ SO COMPLETELY
IT HAS TURNED TO ASH
AND FREED
ME

OF EVERY CONCEPT AND IMAGE
MY MIND HAS EVER KNOWN.

Jennifer Blackstock