And For No Reason


Last night, in honor of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, we hosted a poetry workshop on themes of joy, sadness, and conversations with the divine. It was guided by my new favorite poet, Elana Bell… who writes powerful stuff about Israel, Palestine, and everything else that crosses her mind.

At the beginning of the workshop, we played a really cool game called the “Hafiz Game.” You can play it on your own, but it also works in a group. Elana asked us each to concentrate on a question we have about our lives, and then direct it– silently or aloud– to her book of Hafiz poetry. Then, you open the book to a random page and read for Hafiz’s answer!

My question was: “Why do I move around so much?”

Hafiz’s response?

And For No Reason


For no reason

I start skipping like a child.


For no reason

I turn into a leaf

That is carried so high

I kiss the Sun’s mouth

And dissolve.


For no reason

A thousand birds

Choose my head for a conference table,

Start passing their

Cups of wine

And their wild songbooks all around.


For every reason in existence

I begin to eternally,

To eternally laugh and love!

When I turn into a leaf

And start dancing,

I run to kiss our beautiful Friend

And I dissolve in the Truth

That I Am.


Cool, no?