Remove thyself, said Hafiz,
for thou art the veil. Speaking of himself
but telling me also the solution to my dilemma.
Or perhaps telling me there is no solution –
I am my own dilemma, dilemmas not
allowed into the kingdom of heaven.
You can’t jump over your own head, Baba said.
No matter how small and low you get
or how high you leap, it’s impossible
for you to rise above the mire of yourself.
Not one thing can ever become everything.
And the grievous truth about death (He said)
is that you don’t die, but escape
to become yet another barrier to freedom.
O child of God, as a poet you know well enough
the inadequacy of words outside the dream.