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The Gift by Hafez
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really liked it

I read this over a few months. "The Gift" really is a gift. Funny, fun, smart--just beautiful.

A sampling:

--Startled by God
Not like
A lone beautiful bird
These poems now rise in great white flocks
Against my mind’s vast hills
Startled by God
Breaking a branch
When his feet
Touches
Earth
Near
Me

--How Do I Listen
How
Do I
Listen to others?
As if everyone were my Master
Speaking to me
His
Cherished
Last
Words.

--These Beautiful Love Games
Young lovers wisely say,

“Let’s try it from this angle,
Maybe something marvelous will happen,

Maybe three suns and two moons
Will roll out
From a hiding place in the body
Our passion has yet to ignite.”

Old lovers say,
“We can do it one more time,
How about from this longitude
And latitude –

Swinging from a rope tied to the ceiling,

Maybe a part of God
Is still hiding in a corner of your heart
Our devotion has yet to reveal.”

Bottom line:

Do not stop playing
These beautiful
Love
Games.

--What Should We Do about that Moon ?
A wine bottle fell from a wagon
And broke open in a field.

That night hundred beetles and all their cousins
Gathered

And did some serious binge drinking.

They even found some seed husks nearby
And began to play them like drums and whirl.
This made God very happy.

Then the ‘night candle’ rose into the sky
And one drunk creature, laying down his instrument
Said to his friend – for no apparent
Reason,

“What should we do about that moon?”

Seems to Hafiz
Most everyone has laid aside the music

Tackling such profoundly useless
Questions.

--Why Not Be Polite

Everyone
Is God speaking.
Why not be polite and
Listen to
Him?
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Quotes Stephen Liked

Hafez
“WHAT SHOULD WE DO ABOUT THAT MOON? A wine bottle fell from a wagon And broke open in a field. That night one hundred beetles and all their cousins Gathered And did some serious binge drinking. They even found some seed husks nearby And began to play them like drums and whirl. This made God very happy. Then the “night candle” rose into the sky And one drunk creature, laying down his instrument, Said to his friend—for no apparent Reason, “What should we do about that moon?” Seems to Hafiz Most everyone has laid aside the music Tackling such profoundly useless Questions.”
Hafez, The Gift


Reading Progress

Started Reading
October 27, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 28, 2019 – Shelved

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