Hafiz Lives!

What is it about these old Sufi poets that their magic continues even today?
A conspiracy between a translator, a bookstore and poetry-loving friends blows a Tuesday evening dinner in Chapel Hill into the spirit realm.


Bhavani is a friend who loves and creates poetry, so for her birthday, I went to a bookstore and got two Ladinsky-translated books of Hafiz poems. The Gift is a collection, and A Year With Hafiz has a poem for each day of the year. Before I take The Gift into the restaurant, while appreciating a colorful sunset, I just open the book and read the first poem my eyes find. It is “I am really just a tambourine.”

Makes the universe admit a
“I am
Really just a tambourine.
Grab hold.
Play me
Against your warm

Before presenting the book to her as a gift, I read that poem. Being a percussionist, she especially likes the image of playing against her warm thigh! Then she reveals that she already has that book.  So I go back out to the car and get  A Year With Hafiz to give her instead. After a toast, she decides to read the poem for her birthday. It is the same poem!

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One thought on “Hafiz Lives!

  1. God melted like wax on the top of my birth day,
    heat pooled around the foot of light
    sweetness whispered herself up to melt with Him.
    We have all aged a moment in this millennium since
    we began the dance merging layers into celebration
    and candles into the sun.

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