Beautiful Words From Hafez The Lyrical Poet Who Lived 7 Centuries Ago

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Beautiful Words From Hafez The Lyrical Poet Who Lived 7 Centuries Ago

My favorite lines from Hafez, a Persian poet who had nothing but love for life in all of its form.

I chanced upon the poet's lyrical lines so utterly randomly last night while I was hunting down a funny line about how cute, we humans are, celebrating the earth completing another lap around the sun, which I first stumbled on Priyanka Rai's instagram and no where else.

Instead, Google brought me to Hafez and after devouring translations of a few of his short poems online, I was spellbound. Next to Rumi, Hafez's way with words is soul-nourishing and quite cheeky at times.

Here are some of the beautiful lines from the Persian poet that delighted me so and I hope you like them too.


"May I remember always when
Your glance in secrecy was mine,
And in my face your love was like
A visibly reflected sign."

"Oh wondrous creatures
By what strange miracles
Do you so often
...Not smile."

"Run my dear,
From anything
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings."

"Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living
In better conditions."

"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness,
the astonishing light of your own being."

"Now that all your worry has proved such an unlucrative business,
why not find a better job."

"The great religions are the ships, Poets the life boats.
Every sane person I know has jumped overboard."

"Do not surrender your grief so quickly
Let it cut more deeply
Let it ferment and season you
As few human or divine ingredients can."

"I caught the happiness virus last night
When I was out singing beneath the stars."

"The world is a bride of surpassing beauty
but remember that this maiden is never bound to anyone."


Are you a reader of Hafez's short poems? Tell me your favorite lines.

shanaz@RS | 11:31 PM | Labels:

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