Hafiz and Omar Khayyam

Maybe it’s the sunrise I saw today…And these guys most definitely love the Sun.

Hafiz —

Even after all this time

the sun never says to the earth,

“you owe me.”

Look what happens

with a love like that.

It lights the whole sky.

 

It Felt Love

How did the rose

Ever open its heart

And give to this world

All its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light

Against its being,

Otherwise, we all remain

Too frightened.

 

The Day Sky

Let us be like

Two falling stars in the day sky.

Let no one know of our sublime beauty

As we hold hands with God

And burn

Into a sacred existence that defies –

That surpasses

Every description of ecstasy

And love.

 

Faithful Lover

The moon came to me last night

With a sweet question.

She said,

“The sun has been my faithful lover

For millions of years.

Whenever I offer my body to him

Brilliant light pours from his heart.

Thousands then notice my happiness

And delight in pointing

Toward my beauty.

Hafiz,

Is it true that our destiny

Is to turn into Light

Itself?”

And I replied,

Dear moon,

Now that your love is maturing,

We need to sit together

Close like this more often

So I might instruct you

How to become

Who you

Are!

 

From the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

XII

Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses,

a loaf of bread, and a little idleness.

If with such store I might

sit by thy dear side in some lonely place,

I should deem myself

happier than a king in his kingdom.

 

LXIV

Strange, is it not? that of the myriads who Before us pass’d the door of Darkness through, Not one returns to tell us of the Road, Which to discover we must travel too.

 

XCIX

Ah, Love! could you and I with Him conspire To grasp this sorry Scheme of Things entire, Would not we shatter it to bits — and then Re-mould it nearer to the Heart’s Desire!

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