January 1, 2017

The Place Where You Are Now

by Hafiz

This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.
Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there—
Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.
I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,
But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,
Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,
The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.
Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,
For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.
But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses
As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky, in the book, The Subject Tonight Is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz

1 comment:

dsmallio said...

Hi Meredith,

I used to read your blog and gained a lot from it. Once or twice a year I come back to it to re-read some of your posts and to see if you've added anything. I'm glad to see the post from yesterday.

Happy New Year's to you and yours! May it be a year of grace, gratitude and generosity...

With kind regards,
David Bricklin-Small