Friday Feldenkrais: Poems for My Students (read January 20, 2017)

In Portland, Oregon, we experienced an ice storm in early January. Then, our January 13 class was canceled due to snow. When we had finally dug out and the snow melted, we began our eleventh season of the Friday Feldenkrais® classes in NE Portland on January 20, 2017 with this poem by Hafez. 

We Have Not Come To Take Prisoners

We have not come here 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
Light!

~ Hafiz ~