A Tethered Falcon

“This poem describes the longing of the heart, what the soul desires and strives to know when in human form. Flying has always been considered the ultimate freedom which we humans most envy in birds. If we are the falcon is God not the falconer? The tether a Divine “golden cord?” I wish more people were familiar with the poems of Hafiz. They are unique.”

“Hafiz introduces himself as Companion and Guide, Friend and Lover. He invites us to share his life, his wine and his heart, to see ourselves and the world through his eyes. If we didn’t know better, we would think he was courting us – and perhaps he is! … The words of Hafiz speak for God.” – Daniel Ladinsky –

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My Heart Still Beats

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…I still can breathe. My heart is whole even though it feels broken. It holds an immeasurable amount of love and tenderness. Yes, even for you, Self. Don’t forget to breathe.

Cast All Your Votes for Dancing

I know the voice of depression
Still calls to you.

I know those habits that can ruin your life
Still send their invitations.

But you are with the Friend now
And look so much stronger.

You can stay that way
And even bloom!

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From your prayers and work and music
And from your companions’ beautiful laughter.

Keep squeezing drops of the Sun
From the sacred hands and glance of your Beloved
And, my dear,
From the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure,
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel.

-Hafiz, I Heard God Laughing-

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Never Say

poem by Hafiz
music: Pachelbel’s Canon in D edited by Dan Gibson