Upon waking each day My first words to my heart always are “Tell me all your news of Love.” – Hafiz

Upon waking each day
My first words to my heart always are
“Tell me all your news of Love.”

Hafiz

We are a couple of barroom sailors

I wake from a nap
And the same clear words greet my mind
That I say every day upon waking,

“Where can I find the Friend?”

I eat and dress and labor
For only one reason.

But why explain about the essential today
And demean the holy?

We are a couple of barroom sailors,
Marooned,

In need of good drink and fine company
To true our perceptions.

Otherwise,
I get a tad concerned about that odd look
That sometimes creeps into your eyes–

That seems to mistake me for a pretty,
Available mermaid.

Upon waking each day
My first words to my heart always are

“Tell me all your news of
Love.”

‘Someone Should Start Laughing’ – poem by Hafiz

‘Someone Should Start Laughing’

I have a thousand brilliant lies
For the question:

How are you?

I have a thousand brilliant lies
For the question:

What is God?

If you think that the Truth can be known
From words,

If you think that the Sun and the Ocean

Can pass through that tiny opening Called the mouth,

O someone should start laughing!
Someone should start wildly Laughing ‘Now!

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from: I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz” – by Daniel Ladinsky – available at Amazon

Hafiz: I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through

I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
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I am the concert from the mouth of every creature
singing with the myriad chorus

I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
listen to this music