The incomparable 14th century Persian Sufi Poet, Hafiz Shirazi
Would You Think It Odd?
Would you think it odd if Hafiz said, I am in love with every Church And mosque And Temple And any kind of Shrine Because I know it is there That the people say the different names Of the One Love Would you tell your friends I was a bit strange if I admitted I am indeed in love with every mind And heart and body. BecauseI know That it is through these That you search for Love.
I Have Learned so Much
I have learned so much from Love That I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me That I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even a pure soul. Love has befriended Hafiz so completely. It has turned to ash and freed me Of every concept and image my mind has ever known.
What happens when your soul Begins to awaken Your eyes And your heart And the cells of your body To the great Journey of Love? First there is wonderful laughter And probably precious tears And a hundred sweet promises And those heroic vows No one can ever keep. But still God is delighted and amused You once tried to be a saint. What happens when your soul Begins to awake in this world To our deep need to love And serve the Friend? O' the Beloved Will send you One of His wonderful, wild companions Like Hafiz.
Joseph to his father in Canaan shall return,
don't despair walk on; and Jacob's hut will brighten with flowers,
don't despair walk on. Aching hearts heal in time, vanished hopes reappear, the disparate mind will be pacified,
don't despair walk on. As the spring of life grows the newly green meadow, roses will crown the sweet nightingale's song,
don't despair walk on If the world does not turn to your whims these few days, cosmic cycles are preparing to change,
don't despair walk on. If desperation whispers you'll never know God, it's the talk of hidden games in the veil,
don't despair walk on. O heart, when the vast flood slashes life to its roots, Captain Noah waits to steer you ashore, don't despair walk on. If you trek as a pilgrim through sands to Kaabeh with thorns lodged deep in your soul shouting why,
don't despair walk on Though oases hide dangers and your destiny's far, there's no pathway that goes on forever,
don't despair walk on. My trials and enemies face me on their own, but mystery always backs up my stand,
don't despair walk on. Hafez, weakened by poverty, alone in the dark, this night is your pathway into the light,
don't despair walk on.
Laughing at the word two
Only That Illumined One Who keeps Seducing the formless into form Had the charm to win my Heart. Only a Perfect One Who is always Laughing at the word Two Can make you know Of Love.
Now is the Time
Now is the time to know That all that you do is sacred. Now, why not consider A lasting truce with yourself and Love. Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child's training wheels To be laid aside When you finally live With veracity And love. Hafiz is a divine envoy Whom the Beloved Has written a holy message upon. My dear, please tell me, Why do you still Throw sticks at your heart And Love? What is it in that sweet voice inside That incites you to fear? Now is the time for the world to know That every thought and action is sacred. This is the time for you to compute the impossibility That there is anything But Grace. Now is the season to know That everything you do Is sacred.
Last Night's Storm
Last night's storm was a journey to the Beloved. I surrender to that, the wind that is my Friend, and my work. Each night, the lightning flashes. Every morning, a breeze. Not in some protected place, but in the flood of the heart's pumping, in the wind of a rosebud's opening out, that puts a small crown on each narcissus. A tired hand collapses, exhausted, that in the morning holds your hair again. Peace comes when we are friends together, remembering. Hafiz! Your honest desire and your benevolence free the soul to emerge as what it is.
You Don't Have to Act Crazy Anymore
You Don't Have to Act Crazy Anymore - We all know you were good at that. Now retire, my dear, From all that hard work you do Of bringing pain to your sweet eyes and heart. Look in a clear mountain mirror - See the Beautiful Ancient Warrior And the Divine elements You always carry inside That infused this Universe with sacred Life So long ago And join you Eternally With all Existence - with Love!
Love seems easy in a circle of friends, But it's difficult, difficult. Morning air through the window, the taste of it, with every moment camel bells leaving the caravansary. This is how we wake, with wine-spills On the prayer rug, and even the tavern-master is loading up. My life has gone From willfulness to disrepute, And I won't conceal, either, the joy That led me out toward laughter. Mountainous ocean, a moon hidden behind clouds, The terror of being drawn under. How can someone with a light shoulder-pack Walking the beach know how a night sea-journey is? Hafiz! Stay in the dangerous life that's yours. THERE you'll meet the face That dissolves fear.