Thursday, December 29, 2011

SEEING BEAUTY - Photography as visual poetry, part 3

A Happy and Healthy New Year and may 2012 bring many positive changes!
Greetings, Susanne

Another excerpt and favorite poem from my book "Seeing Beauty - Photography as visual poetry"
(available at or contact me directly)


We have not come to take prisoners, 
But to surrender ever more deeply 
To freedom and joy. 
We have not come into this exquisite world 
To hold ourselves hostage from love. 
Run my dear, 
From anything 
That may not strengthen 
Your precious budding wings. 
Run like hell my dear, 
From anyone likely 
To put a sharp knife 
Into the sacred, tender vision 
Of your beautiful heart. 
We have a duty to befriend 
Those aspects of obedience 
That stand outside of our house 
And shout to our reason 
"O please, O please, 
Come out and play." 
For we have not come here to take prisoners 
Or to confine our wondrous spirits, 
But to experience ever and ever more deeply 
Our divine courage, freedom, and 


'The Gift' Poems by Hafiz - translations by Daniel Ladinsky

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