Perfect Equanimity

Look how a mirror
will reflect with perfect equanimity
all actions

There is no act in this world
that will ever cause the mirror to look away.

There is no act in this world that will
ever make the mirror
say ‘no.’

The mirror, like perfect love, will just keep giving
of itself to all

How did the mirror ever get like that, so polite,
so grand, so compassionate?

It watched God.

Yes, the mirror remembers the Beloved
looking into itself as the Beloved shaped existence’s heart
and the mirror’s

My eye has the nature of God.

Hafiz looks upon all with perfect equanimity,
as do my words,

My poems will never tell you no,
because the Mirror is
not like

and if God ever hits you with a don’t –

He has His fingers crossed,

He is just fibbing
for your own


From ‘Love Poems From God’ by Daniel Ladinsky.

Copyright © 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky. Reprinted by permission of the author.