Favorite Hafiz Poems from the book "The Gift" translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Following are a few favorite Hafiz poems. Their beauty is in the simplicity
in which they are written (and in this case translated). In Sufi poetry, God
is known by many names - Beloved, Friend, Innkeeper are but a few of
them. These poems are taken from the book "The Gift: Poems by Hafiz",
translations by Daniel Ladinsky.
THIS SANE IDEA
Intelligence begin to rule
whenever you sit with others
using this sane idea:
Leave all your cocked guns in a field
far from us,
One of those damn things
YOUR MOTHER AND MY MOTHER
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I would like to see you living
in better conditions,
for your mother and my mother
I know the Innkeeper
in this part of the universe.
Get some rest tonight,
come to my verse again tomorrow.
We'll go speak to the Friend together.
I should not make any promises right now,
but I know if you
somewhere in this world---
something good will happen.
God wants to see
more love and playfulness in your eyes
for that is your greatest witness to Him.
Your soul and my soul
once sat together in the Beloved's womb
Your heart and my heart
are very, very old
I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH
so much from God
that I can no longer
a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
a Buddhist, a Jew.
The truth has shared so much of itself
that I can no longer call myself
a man, a woman, an angel,
or even pure
befriended Hafiz so completely
it has turned to ash
and freed me
of every concept and image
my mind has ever known.
WE HAVE NOT COME TO TAKE PRISONERS
We have not come here to take prisoners,
but to surrender ever more deeply
to freedom and joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
to hold ourselves hostage from love.
Run my dear,
that may not strengthen
your precious budding wings.
Run like hell my dear,
from anyone likely
to put a sharp knife
into the sacred, tender vision
of your beautiful heart.
We have a duty to befriend
those aspects of obedience
that stand outside of our house
and shout to our reason
"O please, O please,
come out and play."
For we have not come here to take prisoners
or to confine our wondrous spirits,
but to experience ever and ever more deeply
our divine courage, freedom, and
STAY CLOSE TO THOSE SOUNDS
The sun turns a key in a lock each day
as soon as it crawls out of bed.
Light swings open a door
and the many kinds of love rush out
onto the infinite green field.
Your soul sometimes plays a note
against the Sky's ear that excites
the birds and planets.
Stay close to those sounds
that make you glad you are alive.
Everything in this world is
An invisible wake was created
when God said to His beautiful dead lover,
Hafiz, who will understand you
if you do not explain that last Line?
I will sing it this way,
When God said to Illusion,
IN NEED OF THE BREATH
is an unset jewel
upon the tender night
yearning for its dear old friend
When the Nameless One debuts again
ten thousand facets of my being unfurl wings
and reveal such a radiance inside
I enter a realm divine---
I too begin to so sweetly cast light,
like a lamp,
through the streets of this
My heart is an unset jewel
waiting for the Friend's touch.
my heart is an unset ruby
offered bowed and weeping to the Sky.
I am dying in these cold hours
for the resplendent glance of God.
I am dying
because of a divine remembrance
of who---I really am.
Everything is clapping today,
A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal
from a hidden pocket
This causes a few planets and I
to go nuts
and start grabbing each other.
Someone sees this,
tried to get me
Listen: this world is the lunatic's sphere,
don't always agree it's real,
even with my feet upon it
and the postman knowing my door
my address is somewhere else.
"The sun doesn't stop shining because people are blind."~~~~~~
Quote from "The Book of Awakening" by Mark Nepo, page 411
Submitted in the spirit of one heart,