Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time for More Hafiz

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 people say the different names
Of the One God."

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.

O I am sincerely
Plumb crazy
About your every thought and yearning
And limb

Because, my dear,
I know
That it is through these

That you search for Him.


Many Blessings.


Annie said...

What a Hafiz marvel. The most meaningful I've ever read. It has such a modern feel. Had I not seen his name at the bottom, I would have thought it was coming right from your heart - but then, of course is anyway.

Elizabeth said...

Love it -- do you recommend a particular translation of Hafiz or collection? I know the poet Mark Doty loves him, as does Mary Oliver.

Laura Paine Carr said...

Yes, I do: Daniel Ladinsky. This is from a small compilation, "I Heard God Laughing" (2006).

Anonymous said...

Ms Laura, thank you for constantly reviving Hafiz in my heart! This is beautiful, moreso because of the images you've added. It's ALWAYS time for more Hafiz!

Ms. Moon said...

I wish my soul was so fine.

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