This painting was inspired by a poem from Hafiz’s The Subject Tonight is Love

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 blossoming 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