For Years My Heart Was In Search Of The Grail By Hafiz Shirazi

For years my heart was in search of the Grail
What was inside me, it searched for, on the trail
That pearl that transcends time and place
Sought of divers whom oceans sail
My quest to the Magi my path trace
One glance solved the riddles that I Braille
Found him wine in hand and happy face
In the mirror of his cup would watch a hundred detail
I asked, “when did God give you this Holy Grail?”
Said, “on the day He hammered the world’s first nail!”
Even the unbeliever had the support of God
Though he could not see, God’s name would always hail.
All the tricks of the mind would make God seem like fraud
Yet the Golden Calf beside Moses’ rod would just pale.
And the one put on the cross by his race
His crime, secrets of God would unveil
Anyone who is touched by God’s grace
Can do what Christ did, without fail.
And what of this curly lock that’s my jail
Said this is for Hafiz to tell his tale.
© Shahriar Shahriari
Los Angeles, Ca
April 1, 1999
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سال‌ها دل طلـب جام جـم از ما می‌کرد
وان چه خود داشت ز بیگانه تمـنا می‌کرد
گوهری کز صدف کون و مکان بیرون اسـت
طـلـب از گمـشدگان لب دریا می‌کرد
مشـکـل خویش بر پیر مغان بردم دوش
کو بـه تایید نـظر حل مـعـما می‌کرد
دیدمـش خرم و خندان قدح باده به دست
و اندر آن آینه صد گونـه تـماشا می‌کرد
گفتم این جام جهان بین به تو کی داد حکیم
گـفـت آن روز که این گنـبد مینا می‌کرد
بی دلی در هـمـه احوال خدا با او بود
او نـمی‌دیدش و از دور خدا را می‌کرد
این همه شعبده خویش که می‌کرد این جا
سامری پیش عـصا و ید بیضا می‌کرد
گـفـت آن یار کز او گشت سر دار بلـند
جرمـش این بود کـه اسرار هویدا می‌کرد
فیض روح الـقدس ار باز مدد فرماید
دیگران هم بکنند آن چه مـسیحا می‌کرد
گفتمـش سلسله زلف بتان از پی چیست
گفـت حافـظ گله‌ای از دل شیدا می‌کرد
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