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Poetry Friday: The Great Expanse, by Hafiz

It’s only fitting that my friend Donna is hosting at Mainely Write since I have this nautical poem and I always think of her and the beach! Check out the offerings and we can cross the great expanse with compassion, dignity, and poetry!

This week I stayed up past my bedtime more than once to read Melissa Sweet’s biography of E.B. White. I love it! Her illustrations are so clever and she captured him so beautifully. He strikes me as one with compassion and dignity, yet a wonderful sense of humor and keen intellect.

 

 

13 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: The Great Expanse, by Hafiz”

  1. Donna Smith says:

    I love this poem.
    “Just crossing the great expanse of each minute with all the compassion and dignity we can find.” So true!

  2. A good reminder to keep anger at bay, and lead with “compassion and dignity.” Beautiful image Keri, calm and strong at the same time, thanks!

  3. Stunning. “Just crossing the great expanse of each minute” gave me chills.

  4. What a perfect image to pair with these words. Lovely.
    Thanks for the link to the quilter’s page. WOW! The quilts are terrific….an amazing art form that is completely beyond me.

  5. Irene Latham says:

    O the expanse of a minute… I too enjoyed the scrapbook style of SOME WRITER. E.B. was well-loved and supported by his family, which is nice to see. Thanks, Keri! xo

  6. Linda Baie says:

    Glad you are enjoying Some Writer! It is a wonderful book, agreed! Thanks for the Hafiz lines, something good for us all to aspire to, every minute.

  7. Such a wise and gentle reminder. Anger doesn’t change our situation, it only hurts us, and sinks our boat.

  8. tanita says:

    Ah, that compassion and dignity – here’s to it. May we find more in the coming days.

  9. Keri, the combined digital and quote are a great pairing for Donna’s hosting. Don’t forget to send me your offering for my summer gallery.

  10. Violet N. says:

    “Anger sinks the boat” – That is a statement to not only remember, but to engrain in one’s psyche!

  11. Mary Lee says:

    Several good reminders in this poem. The obvious — don’t drown yourself with anger — but also, don’t get caught up in judging all those who do go down. Live your best, most compassionate and dignified life while navigating all the angry wreckage around you. (Seems to be lots of that these days. I was going to say “a boatload of that,” but I didn’t want to over-strain the metaphor!!)

  12. This poem is a great mystery to me and also clear as a bell. Need to learn more about Hafiz. Thank you! And you reminded me to go back and finish *Some Writer*.

  13. Brenda says:

    What a beautiful image and poem. Such good aspirations for living.

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