All the Hemispheres

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī (Persian: خواجه شمس‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی), known by his pen name Hāfez (1325/26–1389/90) was a Persian poet.

Originally posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

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2 Responses to “All the Hemispheres”

  1. Susan Says:


    Poem by Fernando Pessoa

    Vinha elegante, depressa,
    Sem pressa e com um sorriso,
    E eu, que sinto co a cabeca,
    Fiz logo o poema preciso.

    No poema nao falo dela
    Nem como, adulta menina,
    Virava a esquina daquela
    Rua que e a eterna esquina…

    No poema falo do mar,
    Descrevo a onda e a magoa.
    Rele-lo faz-me lembrar
    Da esquina dura-ou da agua.


    When I dance across the waves
    I hear the lonely mermaids
    Crying for the shells to open.
    Then I feel you very close
    Caught inside your oyster
    In the sunken ground below.

    How sad your sky and moon
    Reaching out, lost and hollow
    With melachoncholy hunger
    Mourning the melody, the
    Echo of our wish and love
    Filling my ocean with rocks. Susan/Sunaga ’96


    I was born to float on
    endless waves between
    the gods and earthly heads
    of states and forms, to be
    just who I am, without a
    name, truth defined and
    other wordly whims and so,
    between the earth and your
    great spirits, I embrace the
    sea and sky, listening way
    beyond what we have learned
    to what my soul already knows.
    —————– Susan, Greece ’93
    INSPIRING SITE. I am Dutch, so
    ‘linguisticly’ limited in my vocabulary….

    ‘Neanmoins’…..enjoy the joy of sharing.
    LOVE Susan.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Thanks Susan!

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