Friday, June 03, 2005

Ecstatic Cling

Hi All.

I'm at work, and don't have access to my poetry files so I'm posting a guest poem today.
Ghazals are one of my favorite forms of poetry, and in particular, Hafiz makes me smile, laugh, and cry.

It was hard to pick one, so here are two short ghazals by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.



I Knew We Would Be Friends

As soon as you opened your mouth
And I heard your soft

I knew we would be

The first time, dear pilgrim, I heard
You laugh,

I knew it would not take me long
To turn you back into

Old Sweet Beggar

Path to God
Made me such an old sweet beggar.

I was starving until one night
My love tricked God Himself
To fall into my bowl.

Now Hafiz is infinitely rich,
But all I ever want to do

Is keep emptying out
My emerald-filled

This tear-stained


Blogger Queen of the Inane said...

Interesting, but I really can't say I'm a fan. Don't like the "Pilgrim" usage, nor the god references. I'm an angry whore.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Cindy St. Onge said...

Different strokes.

If you like, or have read Whitman, you'll notice similarities to Hafiz's poetry.

Hafiz saw god in everything, in everyone, as did Whitman. And both poets write about the interconnectedness of all life, and that separation is delusion. Once the delusion falls away, one experiences an ecstatic awakening. That ecstasy is evident in the writings of both men.
I hope you're not turned off by what may look like the Abrahamic tradition of duality, i.e. supplicant/deity, slave/master. That certainly isn't the intended spirit of any of his poems.

4:06 PM  

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