Hafiz: Ghazal 14 [Beds of Thorns]

Hafiz: Ghazal 14 {Pillow of Stone]

To my dear heart I thus did say, “O queen of radiant mien, Extend, I pray, thy grace to me, a soul by fortune seen.” But she, in tones both clear and keen, did thus to me relay, “He wanders lost, who obeys heart’s whims, and from wisdom does stray.”   “Stay thee a moment, […]

Hafiz: Ghazal 10 [Ecstasy of Soul]

Hafiz: Ghazal 14 {Pillow of Stone]

Last eve, our spiritual Pir did voyage from sacred mosque to worldly tavern. Brethren, what course now shall we chart? What action shall we take? We, the acolytes, find our Pir straying to the tavern; how then shall we turn our gaze towards the sacred direction in prayer? Let us then claim sanctuary amidst the […]

Hafiz: Ghazal 8 [Saki, Arise]

Hafiz: Ghazal 14 {Pillow of Stone]

Saki, arise… fill the goblet, present it. Bury the sorrows of the world beneath the earth! Hand me the wine cup so I might cast off this sky-colored cloak upon me. To the wise, drunkenness may bear ill repute, but we yearn not for fame or renown. Serve the wine, how long shall this wind […]