To indicate the effect breaking His silence
would have upon the world,
Meher Baba once cupped His hands
to form a globe and then, deftly, flipped it over.
Why shouldn’t I believe Him?
Secure within the predictable
and familiar orbits and juxtapositions
of various touchstones and landmarks,
well-accustomed to the daunting pattern
of stars spinning above my head,
the dependable earth beneath my feet,
my Lord, mercifully, upended my world,
set me upon a path through foreign territory –
everything new, strange and oddly out of whack.
Even today, years later, whenever I come close
to regaining my equilibrium, re-acquiring my bearings,
with a swift sweep of His hand, He clears the playing board.
He once formed a globe with His hands and then, flipped it.
Upside down, someone said, interpreting the gesture.
No, He wryly corrected. Right side up!
O child of God, celebrate the moment you fell
head over heels in love with your Beloved.