Monday, December 12, 2011

[Sunlight] Greed and Generosity -- Ghazal 1101



Greed and Generosity

Look at her face.
Open your eyes into her eyes.
When she laughs, everyone falls in love.
Life your head up off the table. See,
there are no edges to this garden.
Sweet fruits, every kind you can think of,
branches green and always
slightly moving.

How long should you look at earth's face?
Come back and look again.
Now you see the nervous greed
deep inside plants and animals. Now you see them
constantly giving themselves away.

Greed and generosity are evidence of love.
If you can't see love itself,
see the results.
If you can't find love-colors in anything,
look for the pale, tired face of a lover.

Take this town with its stores and everyone
rushing around, some with a lot of money,
some without any.

-- Ghazal (Ode) 1101
Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984




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