Don’t Let Your Hair With The Wind Blow, By Hafiz Shirazi

Don’t let your hair with the wind blow,
Else to the wind, caution I’ll throw.
Don’t let foundations elegantly grow,
Else my foundation will dissolve and go.
Choose where you bestow thy grace,
Else I’ll wallow in disgrace.
When you are present in every place,
Every place, my protests will face.
The locks of your hair are curled like a chain,
Enslaved to those locks, in chain I remain.
When with your curls you entertain,
Your curls will only drive me insane.
Strangers do not befriend,
Else I might be lost in the trend.
Let not my rivals on you depend,
This makes me sad, and will offend.
Let your face color, your cheeks blush,
Your beauty, the rose bud, aside brush;
Let your stature rise up tall and lush,
And the tallest cedars simply crush.
Don’t become every room’s candle flame,
Else my flames of jealousy can’t tame.
Don’t treat every people the same,
So that you may not forget my name.
Don’t become known to all in this town,
Else I’ll find the ocean, myself drown.
Don’t keep me distant with your frown,
Else I’ll tear to threads my shirt and gown.
Have mercy upon me and compassion,
Else hear the infamy of my passion.
Hafiz will embrace your oppression,
Was freed since enslaved in this fashion.
© Shahriar Shahriari
Los Angeles, Ca
April 13, 1999
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زلـف بر باد مده تا ندهی بر بادم
ناز بـنیاد مـکـن تا نکـنی بـنیادم
می مخور با همه کس تا نخورم خون جگر
سر مکش تا نکشد سر به فلـک فریادم
زلـف را حلقـه مکن تا نکنی دربـندم
طره را تاب مده تا ندهی بر بادم
یار بیگانـه مـشو تا نبری از خویشـم
غـم اغیار مـخور تا نـکـنی ناشادم
رخ برافروز که فارغ کنی از برگ گـلـم
قد برافراز کـه از سرو کـنی آزادم
شمع هر جمع مشو ور نه بسوزی ما را
یاد هر قوم مـکـن تا نروی از یادم
شـهره شـهر مشو تا ننهم سر در کوه
شور شیرین منـما تا نـکـنی فرهادم
رحم کن بر من مسکین و به فریادم رس
تا بـه خاک در آصـف نرسد فریادم
حافـظ از جور تو حاشا که بگرداند روی
مـن از آن روز کـه دربـند توام آزادم
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