did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to the world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being.
otherwise we all remain too
–Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky in “Love Poems from God”
“When you recognize her beauty,
the eye applauds,
the heart stands in an ovation,
and the tongue when she is near
is on its best behavior,
it speaks more like light.
What does light talk about?
I asked a plant that once,
It said, “I am not sure,
but it makes me
–Thomas Aquinas, “Love Poems from God”, translated by Daniel Ladinsky