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"For years my heart inquired of me"

By Hafiz
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This poem by Hafez reflects on the everlasting questions of truth and the meaning of life.

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The Phoenix

This poem by Hafez celebrates the Phoenix of Islamic mythology.

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Mystic

Sylvia Plath questions the direction one should take after one has seen the Divine.

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"I never saw a moor . . ."

The poet does not have to see to believe --the definition of faith.

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“Let nothing disturb thee . . .”

This tiny comforting poem was found on a bookmark in Teresa's Breviary.

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Last Night as I Was Sleeping

Machado beautifully expresses what happens when we are present to life without the distractions that hijack our hearts and minds.

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Prayer Rug

We are almost present in this poem, kneeling on the prayer rug, filled with faith and joy.

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What Was Told, That

In this couplet, Rumi illustrates his relationship with God and divine word.

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“Where did the handsome beloved go?”

In this twelfth-century couplet, Rumi explores the theme of spirituality using symbols from Islamic mysticism commonly associated with the Prophet Muhammad.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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"The Sun Never Says"

This Hafiz-inspired poem by Daniel Ladinsky shows the nature of unconditional love and that selfless quality of really being able to love someone well.

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Mysticism