In pursuit of formalities
Or fake religious
For through the stairway of existence
We have come to God’s
People who need to love, because
Love is the soul’s life,
Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.
The stairway of existence,
O, through the stairway of existence, Hafiz
You now come,
Have we all now come to
From ‘The Gift’ by Daniel Ladinsky.
Copyright © 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky. Reprinted by permission of the author.