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    If you put your hands on this oar with me,
    they will never harm another, and they will come to find
    they hold everything you want...

    If you put your hands on this oar with me, they would no longer
    lift anything to your
    mouth that might wound your precious land-
    that sacred earth that is
    your body.

    If you put your soul against this oar with me,
    the power that made the universe will enter your sinew
    from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm
    that lives in us.

    Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
    When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
    love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.

    Why lay yourself on the torturer's rack of the past and future?
    The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
    will find no rest.

    Be kind to yourself, dear- to our innocent follies.
    Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
    You will come to see that all evolves us.

    If you put your heart against the earth with me, in serving
    every creature, our Beloved will enter you from our sacred realm
    and we will be, we will be
    so happy.

    From “Love Poems From God" by Daniel Ladinsky.

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