Recently I heard an amazing podcast, On Being, in which Krista Tippett interviewed Father Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries. A collection of businesses that employ gang members, Homeboy Industries provides emotional support, case management and whatever it takes to help men and women get and stay on their feet as they turn their lives around. Greg Boyle does his work with joy, passion and humor and this interview left me in awe of the expansiveness of a human heart.
The poem that concludes Greg Boyle's book, Tattoos on the Heart, is by a 14th century Sufi, Hafiz. It's so beautiful, I've saved it on paper, in links and on my hard drive like a special pebble I'm holding in my hand. I can't let it go, so I will share it with you here.
With that moon language
Everyone you see, you say to them,
Of course you do not do this out loud;
Someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this,
This great pull in us
Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying,
With that sweet moon
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to