We have not come to take prisoners

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I love this poem from Hafiz… may we live today in freedom and let our dreams  take shape.
 
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 ~

6 Responses to “We have not come to take prisoners”

  1. Denise Says:

    Ah Lynne, such a beautiful poem, rich with wisdom for life. Thank you. I have used the poem for my morning prayer with blessings for you.

  2. madeleinefcj Says:

    I was struck with the realization of how often I “confine my wondrous spirit” by trying to conform to things that don’t really matter at all! thanks for sharing this poem, which I had not seen before…..

  3. Suz Mc Guinness Says:

    Hi Lynne, such a sublime use of words… thank you for sharing them with us. Recently I’ve throughly enjoyed reading Elif Shafaks novel ‘Forty Rules of Love’ based on the amazing relationship between Rumi & Hafiz…. a fantastic story… & thanks for all the blogs posted here, I truly feel nourished by them on my journey. Thanks, Suz

  4. Róisín Says:

    Love this!

  5. clarefcj Says:

    I love those lines: ” O please, O please, Come out and play”…
    Let’s do it!

  6. JONATHAN HAMET RIOS Says:

    YEA LOVE LIFE,,I MEAN WORSHIP GOD I WISH I KNEW ALL YOU NICE PEOPLE ,,,

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