I hold the Lion’s Paw
Whenever I dance.
I know the ecstasy of the falcon’s wings
When they make love against the sky,
And the sun and moon
sometimes argue over
who will tuck me in at night.
If you think I am having more fun
Than anyone on this planet
You are absolutely correct.
Is willing to share all his secrets
About how to befriend God.
Indeed, dear ones,
Hafiz is so very willing
To share all his secrets
About how to know the
I hold the Lion’s Paw whenever I dance.
How did I miss this wonderful poem by the Sufi mystic, Hafiz? And why did it take a card in a San Francisco bookstore to call it to my attention? These are mysteries. But no matter how I found it, I’m glad I did.
I love how beautifully Hafiz expresses the reality of living joyfully in the face of fear, getting into its face, even.
There have been times in my life that I’ve been driven by my fears. Still times, really, that deeply-rooted anxieties and fears get a grip. It can be a mighty fight to wrestle free.
I love the image of dancing with fear, of taking the risk to dance fully, of not being afraid to dance despite our circumstances. The promise of feeling the ecstasy of life? It’s a motivator.
Hafiz has inspired me to look at my own life and identify places I might be holding back.
What about you? Did you know this poem before? And what does it say to you?