Monday, March 20, 2023

a leaf says


A leaf says,

“Sweethearts—don’t pick me,
For I am busy doing
God’s work.

I am lowering my veins and roots
Like ropes
With buckets tied to them
Into the earth’s deep

I am drawing water
That I offer like a rose to
The sky.

I am a singing cleaning woman
Dusting all the shelves in
The air
With my elegant green

I have a heart.
I can know happiness like

~ Hafiz
from The Subject Tonight is Love:
Sixty Wild and Sweet Poem of Hafiz
photo of Daisugi pruning technique
with thanks to love is a place