The Woman I Love

Hafiz

      Because the Woman I love lives
                  Inside of you,

   I lean as close to your body with my words
                  As I can--

   And I think of you all the time, dear pilgrim.

     Because the One I love goes with you
            Wherever you go,
         Hafiz will always be near.

       If you sat before me, wayfarer,
     With your aura bright from your many
                  Charms,

My lips could resist rushing to you and needing
       To befriend your blushed cheek,

       But my eyes can no longer hide
         The wondrous fact of who 
            You Really are.

       The Beautiful One whom I adore
  Has pitched His royal tent inside of you,

       So I will always lean my heart 
         As close to your soul
                  As I can.

"The Woman I Love" by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky from The Subject Tonight is Love by Daniel Ladinsky, published by Penguin Compass. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Ladinsky. All rights reserved

Hafiz

by this poet

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My phoenix long ago secured 
   His nest in sky-vault's cope; 
In the body's cage immured, 
   He is weary of life's hope. 

Round and round this heap of ashes 
   Now flies the bird amain, 
But in that odorous niche of heaven 
   Nestles the bird again. 

Once flies he upward, he will perch 
   On Tuba's golden
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See how the roses burn!
   Bring wine to quench the fire!
Alas! the flames come up with us,—
   We perish with desire.