Sunday, 31 July 2011

I wish I could speak like Hafiz

I wish I could speak like music.

I wish I could put the swaying splendor
Of the fields into words
So that you could hold Truth
Against your body
And dance.

I am trying the best I can
With this crude brush, the tongue,
To cover you with light.

I wish I could speak like divine music.
I want to give you the sublime rhythms
Of this earth and the sky's limbs
As they joyously spin and surrender,

Against Beloved's luminous breath.
Hafiz wants you to hold me
Against your precious
And dance,

~ Hafiz
From "The Gift" by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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