Posts Tagged ‘Hafiz’

Then Winks

March 29, 2010

Everything is clapping today.

Light,
Sound,
Motion,
All movement.

A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal
From a hidden pocket
Then winks.

This causes a few planets and I
To go nuts
And start grabbing each other.

Someone sees this,
Calls a
Shrink,

Tries to get me
Committed
For
Being too
Happy.

Listen: this world is the lunatic’s sphere,
Don’t always agree it’s real,

Even with my feet upon it
And the postman knowing my door

My address is somewhere else.

– Hafiz via Daniel Ladinsky

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Hatcheck Girl

March 28, 2010

Why
Are there
So few in the court
Of a perfect
Saint?

Because
Every time you are near Him
You have to leave pieces
Of your
Ego

With
The hatcheck
Girl

Who won’t give them
Back–

O
O
O
U
C
H

– Haviz via Daniel Ladinsky

Even after all this time

March 27, 2010

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 (via Daniel Ladinsky)

I just fell in love with this poet last night when introduced to it by friends in a three person poetry slam (best night ever!)  Here’s an example of his beautiful punchy stuff.  However when I looked it up on the internet this morning I also found this link which suggests that the book it came from is less a translation and more an interpretation or even original work by Ladinsky.  I don’t mind that much because the poems are beautiful!