The sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.
I wish I could show you when you are in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.
How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.
Do you know how beautiful you are?
I think not, my dear.
For as you talk of God,
I see great parades with wildly colorful bands
streaming from your mind and heart,
carrying wonderful and secret messages
to every corner of this world.
I see saints bowing in the mountains
hundreds of miles away
to the wonder of sounds
that break into light
from your most common words.
Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight has made my eyes so soft, my voice so tender…
There are different wells within your heart. Some fill with each good rain, Others are far too deep for that.
I caught the happy virus last night, when I was out singing beneath the stars. It is remarkably contagious – So kiss me.
Find more of Hafez and his ghazals here. The poem is translated by Daniel Ladinsky.