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Poems (some favorites to choose from)

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking. Antonio Machado

My soul is not asleep. It is awake, wide awake. It neither sleeps nor dreams,
but watches, its eyes wide open far-off things, and listens at the shores of the great silence.
Antonio Machado

I dreamt -- marvellous error! -- that I had a beehive here inside my heart.
And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.
Antonio Machado

Love is the mystery of water and a star. - Pablo Neruda

Give me silence, water, hope Give me struggle, iron, volcanoes. - Pablo Neruda

I've often lost myself, in order to find the burn that keeps everything awake.
- Federico García Lorca

I know there is no straight road No straight road in this world Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads. - Federico García Lorca

Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery. - Federico García Lorca

Like a snake, my heart has shed its skin.
I hold it here in my hand, full of honey and wounds.
- New Heart Federico García Lorca

"Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road -- Only wakes upon the sea.
-Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla

Spanish version: Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada más; caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace camino, y al volver la vista atrás se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar."
-Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla

Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! - that I had a beehive here inside my heart.
And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey  from my old failures.
- from Last Night As I Was Sleeping, by Antonio Machado

I once asked a bird, how is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness? She responded, 'love lifts me.'
- Hafiz

Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, 'you owe me.'
Look what happens with a love like that! It lights up the whole sky. 
- Hafiz

Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.  -Hafiz

The small man builds cages for everyone he knows While the sage, who has to duck his head when the moon is low, Keeps dropping keys all night long For the beautiful rowdy prisoners. - Hafiz

Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out. - Hafiz

One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have
when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough. - Hafiz

This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love. - Hafiz

Now is the time to know that all that you do is sacred. - Hafiz

Light will someday split you open. - Hafiz

When no one is looking, I swallow deserts and clouds and chew on mountains knowing they are sweet bones! When no one is looking and I want to kiss God, I just lift my own hand to my mouth. - Hafiz

"Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands."
- Linda Hogan

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.”
- Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”
- Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“There is only one way to learn. It's through action.
Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“I’ve been through all this before,’ he says to his heart.
“ ‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it.”
- Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

“The river is everywhere.” - Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

"I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.” Georgia O’Keeffe

One never reaches home, she said.
But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect,
the whole world looks like home, for a time. 
- Hermann Hesse

"These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb."
- Najwa Zebian

". . . gentleness is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force."
- Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

“The road must eventually lead to the whole world.”
- Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” - Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“The transformation of the heart is a wondrous thing, no matter how you land there.” - Patti Smith, M Train

“Step into the fire of self-discovery.
This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.”
- Mooji

"The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them.
he least we can do is try to be there."
- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

What you seek is seeking you. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

You are not meant for crawling, you have wings. Use them. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

When will you begin that long journey into yourself? - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Love risks everything and asks for nothing. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Love said, There is nothing that is not me. Be silent. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Do not feel lonely. The entire universe is inside you. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Don’t grieve. Anything that you lose comes around in another form.” - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Isn’t it time to turn your heart into a temple of fire? - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. If not, leave this gathering.
- Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Love’s secret is always lifting its head out from under the covers, “Here I am! - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

"We are born of love; love is our Mother." - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

"What you seek is seeking you." - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

“Your legs will get heavy and tired. Then comes a moment of feeling the wings you've grown, lifting.” - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens.
I’ve been knocking from the inside! - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. 
Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.  - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground;
There are a thousand ways to go home again.  - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Raise your words, not your voice.
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

You’ve been walking the ocean’s edge, holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive naked under, and deeper under, a thousand times deeper!  - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic

Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings. Leave and don’t look away from the sun as you go, in whose light you’re sometimes crescent, sometimes full. - Jalaluddin Rumi, Persian mystic