I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in the darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being! Hafiz
This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings
So love, love, love. Hafiz
Ever since Happiness heard your name
It has been running through the streets
Trying to find you. Hafiz
Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
"You owe Me."
Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky. Hafiz
One regret, dear world,
That I am determined not to have
When I am lying on my deathbed
I did not kiss you enough. Hafiz
People who need to love, because
Love is the soul's life,
Love is simply creation's greatest joy. Hafiz
Do you know how beautiful You are?
I think not, my dear.
For as you talk of God,
I see great parades with wildly colorful bands
Streaming from your mind and heart,
Carrying wonderful and secret messages
To every corner of this world.
I see saints bowing in the mountains
Hundreds of miles away
To the wonder of sounds
That break into light
From your most common words. Hafiz
Good Poetry makes
Admit a secret:
"I am really just
Play me against
I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.
I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.
But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.
You can stay that way
And even bloom!...
Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
Buyt then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel...
O keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions' beautiful laughter
And from the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.
Now, sweet one,
Cast all your votes for dancing! Hafiz
This is the kind of Friend
Without making me realize
My souls anguished history,
You slip into my house at night,
And while I am sleeping,
You silently carry off
All my suffering and sordid past
In Your beautiful
Hair disheveled, smiling lips, sweating and tipsy,
garment torn, singing a love song, glass in hand,
picking a quarrel, chanting a spell,
yesterday at midnight she came and sat by my bed. Hafiz
We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and
ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light! Hafiz
Time is a factory where everyone slaves away earning enough
love to break their own chains. Hafiz
Everyone is seeking love, sober or drunk;
Everywhere a house of love, yet so unique. Hafiz
Love makes of each moment an eternity
And tends the garden of the hearts desire
When love mocks, ruby tears fall heavy as pomegranates
And when love looks, it sees your deepest mystery.
Love seeks out the tears of hidden hearts
And turns not from the Lovers of the Dawn.
Is there a remedy for the pain of love?
Or is it too unbearable for thought?
One taste of the medicine
And you will realise just how sick you have been.
Those who plead in the defence of love
In loves judgement shall find grace
And to that court, Hafiz
May your heart fly Hafiz
You carry all the ingredients
To turn your existence into joy,
Mix them! Hafiz
How did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
We all remain
Too frightened. Hafiz
Let us be like
Two falling stars in the day sky.
Let no one know of our sublime beauty
As we hold hands with God
Into a sacred existence that defies -
Every description of ecstasy
And love. Hafiz
Loves secret is that you must love without desires that
Hafiz, enjoy the one you love, drink deep and embrace;
seek not with her to please your world, just give love and be
Root of all these
One thing: love.
But a love so deep and sweet
It needed to express itself
With scents, sounds, colors
That never before
The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down
And shake all the nonsense out. Hafiz
It happens all the time in heaven,
and some day it will begin to happen again on earth...
that men and women who are married,
and men and men who are lovers,
and women and women who give each other light,
often will get down on their knees
and while so tenderly holding their lover's hand,
with tears in their eyes,
will sincerely speak, saying,
"My dear, how can I be more loving to you;
how can I be more kind?" Hafiz
The earth has disappeared beneath my feet,
It fled from all my ecstasy,
Now like a singing air creature
I feel the Rose
Keep opening. Hafiz
The earth has disappeared beneath my feet,
Illusion fled from all my ecstasy.
Now like a radiant sky creature
God keeps opening.
God keeps opening
Inside of Me. Hafiz
The tide of my love
Has risen so high let me flood
I caught the happy virus last night
When I was out singing beneath the stars.
It is remarkably contagious -
So kiss me. Hafiz
My dear, when anything touches or enters your body
Never say it is not God, for He and I are
Just trying to get close to you. Hafiz
God wants to see
More love and playfulness in your eyes
For that is your greatest witness to him. Hafiz
The subject tonight is Love
And for tomorrow night as well,
As a matter of fact
I know of no better topic
For us to discuss
Until we all
Remember for just one minute of the day, it would be best to
try looking upon yourself more as God does, for She knows your
true royal nature. Hafiz
There are different wells within your heart.
Some fill with each good rain,
Others are far too deep for that. Hafiz
Should never be offered to the mouth of a
Only to someone
Who has the valor and daring
To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
Then weave them into a blanket
To protect you. Hafiz
All your worry
Has proved such an
Find a better
Happen if God leaned down
And gave you a full wet
Doesn't mind answering astronomical questions
You would surely start
Reciting all day, inebriated,
Is God speaking.
Why not be polite and
The small man
Builds cages for everyone
While the sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
Is a suspended blue ocean.
The stars are the fish
The planets are the white whales
I sometimes hitch a ride on,
And the sun and all light
Have forever fused themselves
Into my heart and upon
There is only one rule
On this Wild Playground,
For every sign Hafiz has ever seen
Reads the same.
They all say,
"Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun,
In the Beloved's Divine
O, in the Beloved's
Because this is a food
Our starving world
Because that is the purest
Hafiz (also spelled Hafez), whose
given name was Shams-ud-din Muhammad, was one of the greatest of Persia's
mystical and lyrical Sufi poets. He was born in Shiraz in south-east
Persia (modern Iran) c. 1320 and died c. 1389. He is affectionately
known as "The Tongue of the Invisible". His poems were translated
and interpreted by American poet Daniel Ladinsky.