Thursday, December 09, 2004

When I don't know what to do with [Fill In As Appropriate], I do Poetry

[From The Gift by Hafiz, Sufi master, 1320-1389]


AND LOVE SAYS

And love
Says,

“I will, I will take care of you.”

To everything that is
Near.


***

THE WARRIOR

The warriors tame
The beasts in their past
So that the night’s hooves
Can no longer break the jewelled vision
In the heart

The intelligent and the brave
Open every closet in the future and evict
All the mind ghosts who have the bad habit
Of barfing everywhere (…)


***


TWO GIANT FAT PEOPLE

God
And I have become
Like two giant fat people
Living in a
Tiny boat.
We
Keep
Bumping into each other and
L
A
U
G
H
I
N
G


***

I SAW TWO BIRDS

Both of our mouths
Can fit upon this flute I carry.

My music will sound
So much sweeter that way.

With your breath and my breath
Poking each other in the ribs
And kissing. (…)


***

THIS SKY

This
Sky
Where we live
Is no place to lose your wings
So love, love,
Love.


***

A GREAT NEED

Out
Of a great need
We are all holding hands
And climbing.
Not loving is letting go.
Listen,
The terrain around here
Is
Far too
Dangerous
For that.

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11 Comments:

At 10/12/04 00:59, Blogger Ed said...

Beautiful, Lioncub, simply beautiful.

 
At 10/12/04 09:54, Blogger brooksba said...

Lioness,

Thank you for sharing. These are wonderful.

Beth

 
At 11/12/04 07:36, Blogger Viscondessa said...

Lioness, I'm so happy to see Hafiz here. (Have you been using the random-page divination method?)

Here's one of my favorites from The Gift:

THE SUN NEVER SAYS

Even
After
All this time
The sun never says to the earth,

"You owe
Me."

Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the
Whole
Sky.

 
At 11/12/04 16:01, Blogger The Lioness said...

Oh but they're not mine! They're Hafiz's, a Sufi master from the XIV century. I WISH they were though, how I do!

 
At 11/12/04 16:15, Blogger The Lioness said...

B., the poems, I mean, are his. You would LOVE the book. I was shocked bcs a friend of mine read the Rose post and she says - get this - you can only TOPS have the 1st requirement. That's not the world I choose to live in. In mine, those are pretty reasonable requirements, eh?

V., I'd forgotten abt it! :DDD shall I do it now for your entertainement? Just a sec. Ok: p. 243, NEEDING A MIRROR:

Your eye is so wise
It keeps turning, turning,
Needing to touch
Beauty

It keeps turning.
Needing to find a mirror

That will caress you
As I.

(It's official you lot, I'm a Cyclop.)

 
At 11/12/04 16:58, Blogger Viscondessa said...

Mine for today was pretty simple, straight-up:

p. 269

WHY NOT BE POLITE

Everyone
Is God Speaking.
Why not be polite and
Listen to
Him?

 
At 12/12/04 03:15, Blogger CarpeDM said...

Wow. This is wonderful.

 
At 16/12/04 06:28, Blogger Viscondessa said...

Today's is a bit longer, but the random-page oracle has spoken. I am but the messenger.

p. 28, WE HAVE NOT COME TO TAKE PRISONERS

We have not come here to take prisoners.
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.

Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.

Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart.

We have a duty to befriend
Those aspects of obedience
That stand outside of our house
And shout to our reason
"O please, O please,
Come out and play."

For we have not come here to take prisoners
Or to confine our wondrous spirits,

But to experience ever and ever more deeply
Our divine courage, freedom, and
Light!


(PS thanks to Kris for teaching the secret of just-open-the-book Hafiz divination)

 
At 16/12/04 12:38, Blogger The Lioness said...

You are ALSO freaking me out. Will you charge me or is it pro bono? You know, I distinctly remember the words "RUN LIKE HELL". That what you mean? Cos I CAN do that, and how!

 
At 18/12/04 07:25, Blogger Viscondessa said...

You talking to me? Freaking you out? Huh? Charge? For what? Never, not even divination. ;-) (Cycle of total prestation in effect: I still owe you, big time. Remember that frantic ride to Sta. Apolónia, Friday afternoon, early July, must get out of Lx alive? I'll be repaying the take-out chicken & all that came before and after for the rest of my life, or at least the next year. You da bomb, Lioness. Ever need to escape, you know you've got a room wherever I'm living.)

PS Run like hell = Hafiz. I think I may have said "Run screaming," more or less the same idea, though I have no idea what in your life Hafiz is refering to here, and anyway, remember, I was misguided!

 
At 18/12/04 12:59, Blogger The Lioness said...

Yes of course I'm talkin to you! (And how could I EVER forget that!!! Better than Almodovar really. And don't be daft, you da bomb too yo!)

 

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