Poems by HAFIZ: The Great Sufi Master

The GiftMy wife got me a book of poetry by Sufi poet Hafiz for Christmas.  It's really wonderful stuff.  Hafiz came several hundred years after Rumi, another great Persian Sufi poet.

Thought I'd share  some of these poems with you.  Hope you'll enjoy.  There are more below, after the jump...



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THE SUN NEVER SAYS

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.

* * *

I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH

Have
Learned
So much from God
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 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.

* * *



I RAIN

I rain
Because your meadows call
For God.

I weave light into words so that
When your mind holds them

Your eyes will relinquish their sadness,
Turn bright, a little brighter, giving to us
The way a candle does
To the dark.

I have wrapped my laughter like a birthday gift
And left it beside your bed.

I have planted the wisdom in my heart
Next to every signpost in the sky.

A wealthy man 
Often becomes eccentric,

A divine crazed soul
Is transformed into infinite generosity 

Tying gold sacks of gratuity
To the dangling feet of moons, planets, ecstatic
Midair dervishes, and singing birds.

I speak
Because every cell in your body
Is reaching out
For God.

* * *

YOU'RE IT

God
Disguised
As a myriad things and
Playing a game 
Of tag

Has kissed you and said,
"You're it--

I mean, you're Really IT!"

Now
It does not matter
What you believe or feel

For something wonderful,

Major-league Wonderful
Is someday going 
To

Happen.

* * *

4 comments:

mrlood1000 said...

Islam is deep, isn't it? :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GikqA0ZBpOI

Peter J Walker said...

Cool link, thanks!

Luke said...

love Hafiz and love "The Gift."

there's two poems in there called that i love, first one is "Why as the Donkey" on 36, and "Lousy at Math" on page 250. hope you enjoy!

Peter J Walker said...

Nice, thanks Luke!

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