Hafiz: The First Poem in the “Journey of Love”

Hafiz is a mostly unknown poetic treasure to me. But he is a favorite of my wife, and she sends me pertinent poems seemingly at just the right time.

Hafiz is considered the greatest and most endearing of the Persian poets, and his candid reflections on life and love remain powerfully relevant.

And Applaud

Once a young man came to me and said,

“Dear Master,

I am feeling strong and brave today, And I would like to know the truth

About all of my-attachments.”

And I replied,

“Attachments?

Attachments!

Sweet Heart,

Do you really want me to speak to you

About all your attachments,

When I can see so clearly

You have built, with so much care,

Such a great brothel

To house all of your pleasures.

You have even surrounded the whole damn place

With armed guards and vicious dogs

To protect your desires

So that you can sneak away

From time to time

And try to squeeze light

Into your parched being

From a source as fruitful

As a dried date pit

That even a bird

Is wise enough to spit out.

Your attachments! My dear,

Let’s not speak of those,

For Hafiz understands the sufferings

Of your heart.

Hafiz knows

The torments and the agonies

That every mind on the way to Annihilation in the Sun

Must endure.

So at night in my prayers I often stop

And ask a thousand angels to join in

And Applaud,

And Applaud

Anything,

Anything in this world

That can bring your heart comfort!”

 

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