Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

A Crystal Rim

A Crystal Rim

A Crystal Rim The Earth Lifts its glass to the sun And light — light Is poured. A bird Comes and sits on a crystal rim And from my forest cave I Hear singing. So I run to the edge of existence And join my soul in love. I lift my heart to God And grace is poured. An emerald bird rises from insi... »

Geronimo By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Geronimo By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Geronimo by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) You might hear the beautiful shout of “Geronimo” from a lover who has just dove from a cliff and is heading full speed into the Ocean — into the Beloved. And of course there will always be lots of gab along the shore from those who are drawn to G... »

The Great Religions By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Great Religions By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Great Religions by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) The Great religions are the Ships, Poets the life Boats. Every sane person I know has jumped Overboard. That is good for business Isn’t it Hafiz? Hits: 2 »

What The Hell By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

What The Hell By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

What the Hell by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) The Real love I always keep a secret. All my words Are sung outside Her window, For when She lets me in I take a thousand oaths of silence. But, Then She says, O, then God says, “What the hell, Hafiz, Why not give the whole world My Address.” Hits: 2 »

No Conflict By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

No Conflict By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

No Conflict by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) No Conflict When the flute is playing For then I see every movement emanates From God’s Holy Dance. Hits: 4 »

The Thousand-Stringed Instrument By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Thousand-Stringed Instrument By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Thousand-Stringed Instrument by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) The heart is The thousand-stringed instrument. Our sadness and fear come from being Out of tune with love. All day long God coaxes my lips To speak, So that your tears will not stain His green dress. It is not that the Friend is vain, It is... »

Love Is The Funeral Pyre By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Love Is The Funeral Pyre By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Love is the Funeral Pyre by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Love is The funeral pyre Where I have laid my living body. All the false notions of myself That once caused fear, pain, Have turned to ash As I neared God. What has risen From the tangled web of thought and sinew Now shines with jubilation Through ... »

Then Winks By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Then Winks By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Then Winks by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Everything is clapping today. Light, Sound, Motion, All movement. A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal From a hidden pocket Then winks. This causes a few planets and I To go nuts And start grabbing each other. Someone sees this, Calls a Shrink, Tries to get me Committ... »

Laughing At The Word Two By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Laughing At The Word Two By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Laughing at the Word Two by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Only The Illumined One Who keeps Seducing the formless into form Had the charm to win my Heart. Only a Perfect One Who is always Laughing at the word TWO Can make you know Of Love. Hits: 6 »

Today By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Today By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Today by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) I Do not Want to step so quickly Over a beautiful line on God’s palm As I move through the earth’s Marketplace Today. I do not want to touch any object in this world Without my eyes testifying to the truth That everything is My Beloved. Something has happ... »

I Have Learned So MuchBy Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

I Have Learned So MuchBy Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

I Have Learned So Much by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) I Have Learned So much from God That I can no longer Call Myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim A Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of itself With me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel Or even pure Soul. Love has Be... »

Why Aren’t We Screaming Drunks By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Why Aren’t We Screaming Drunks By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Why Aren’t We Screaming Drunks by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) The sun once glimpsed God’s true nature And has never been the same. Thus that radiant sphere Constantly pours its energy Upon this earth As does He from behind The veil. With a wonderful God like that Why isn’t everyone a s... »

How Could A Lover Fall By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

How Could A Lover Fall By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

How Could a Lover Fall by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) What could have caused your grip to weaken that allowed creation to be? How could a lover fall to his death from the arms of infinite strength? How active you are in the mind sustaining such a great wall that the sun can cast a frightening shadow the... »

The Source By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Source By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Source by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) God has never really spoken, though a thought once crossed His mind. It is the echo of divine silence we hear the birds sing, and that is the source of all we see and touch. Hits: 2 »

Everywhere By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Everywhere By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Everywhere by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Running Through the streets Screaming, Throwing rocks through windows, Using my own head to ring Great bells, Pulling out my hair, Tearing off my clothes, Tying everything I own To a stick, And setting it on Fire. What else can Hafiz do tonight To celebrate the ... »

That Lamp That Needs No Oil By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

That Lamp That Needs No Oil By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

That Lamp That Needs No Oil by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) I have made the journey into Nothing. I have lit that lamp that Needs no oil. I have cried great streams Of emerald crystals On my scarred knees, begging love To never again let me hear from Any world The sound of my own name, Even from the voic... »

Covers Her Face With Both Hands By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Covers Her Face With Both Hands By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Covers Her Face with Both Hands by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) What We speak Becomes the house we live in. Who will want to sleep in your bed If the roof leaks Right above It? Look what happens when the tongue Cannot say to kindness, “I will be your slave.” The moon Covers her face with both hands And c... »

The Hatcheck Girl By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Hatcheck Girl By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

The Hatcheck Girl by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Why Are there So few in the court Of a perfect Saint? Because Every time you are near Him You have to leave pieces Of your Ego With The hatcheck Girl Who won’t give them Back– O O O U C H . Hits: 5 »

An Astronomical Question By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

An Astronomical Question By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

An Astronomical Question by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) What Would Happen if God leaned down And gave you a full wet Kiss? Hafiz Doesn’t mind answering astronomical questions Like that: You would surely start Reciting all day, inebriated, Rogue-poems Like This. Hits: 4 »

Reverence By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Reverence By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

Reverence by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Because There is nothing Outside of my Master’s body I try To show reverence To all things. Because There is nothing Inside of my Master’s body I am saved From all reason And surrender understanding. No wonder, Hafiz, It has been Unusual For a smile t... »

A Still Cup By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

A Still Cup By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

A Still Cup by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) For God To make love, For the divine alchemy to work, The Pitcher needs a still cup. Why Ask Hafiz to say Anything more about Your most Vital Requirement? Hits: 6 »

That Magnificent Storm By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

That Magnificent Storm By Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

That Magnificent Storm by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky) Sitting here Loving like this Alone again In God’s valley After that magnificent storm Of Your presence just Passed. I am like an elegant cypress Whose face and form Your beauty Ruined. Why not Accuse You of infidelity Or much Worse When every ... »