It’s time for a change of pace!

Here is one of my favorite poems from the 14th-century Persian mystic and poet, Hafiz of Shiraz:

Don’t surrender your loneliness
So quickly.
Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice
So tender,
My need of God
This copyrighted translation is by Daniel Ladinsky who entitles it Absolutely Clear. You may find it in his collection of 60 Hafiz poems, The Subject Tonight is Love, Pumpkin House Press, North Myrtle Beach, SC., 1996, p 50.

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