The Heart of the Matter
August 09, 2008
HAFIZ: Tired of Speaking Sweetly


Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
break all our teacup talk of God.

If you had the courage and
could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room by your hair,
ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
that bring you no joy.

Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
and wants to rip to shreds
all your erroneous notions of truth
that make you fight within yourself, dear one,
and with others,
cause the world to weep
on too many fine days.

God wants to manhandle us,
lock us inside a tiny room with Himself
and practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants
to do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down
and shake all the nonsense out.

But when we hear
He is in such a "playful drunken mood,"
most everyone I know
quickly packs their bags and hightails it
out of town.

(THE GIFT, Poems by Hafiz, translation by Daniel Ladinsky)

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at August 9, 2008 02:10 PM

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