Know, the true nature of your Beloved.
In His loving eyes, your every thought,
Word and movement is always –
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
All the hemispheres in the heaven
Are sitting around a fire
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
From ‘The Subject Tonight is Love’, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.
Hafiz, whose given name was Shamsuddin Muhammad, lived in the 14th century in Shiraz and is the most beloved poet of the Persians. As well as writing classics of Sufi literature, he became a famous Sufi Shaykh.