Why all this talk of the Beloved,
Music and dancing.
Liquid ruby-light we can lift in a cup?
Because it is low tide,
A very low tide in this age
And around most hearts.
We are exquisite coral reefs,
Dying when exposed to strange
God is the wine-ocean we crave –
Flowing in and out of our
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.