Today is a celebration of the great outdoors and soaking up dazzling rays of sunlight.  During the pandemic, my daughter and I have enjoyed taking hikes in our new neighborhood, as well as in nearby parks and nature preserves.  Get out today and have fun exploring “this Wild Playground” as so beautifully described by the 12th-century Persian poet Hafiz in his poem “A Suspended Blue Ocean.”

The sky

Is a suspended blue ocean.

The stars are the fish

That swim.

The planets are the white whales

I sometimes hitch a ride on,

And the sun and all light

Have forever fused themselves

Into my heart and upon

My skin.

There is only one rule

On this Wild Playground,

For every sign Hafiz has ever seen

Reads the same.

They all say,

“Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun,

In the Beloved’s Divine


O, in the Beloved’s

Wonderful Game.”


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