nenya_kanadka: Bag End, looking out the front door (LOTR Bag End)
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I found this in my quote file this week. It's something that helped patch my heart back together at a time when I thought I was awful and everything would be horrible forever.

(I think Francie Chisholm should have read it, too.)


You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to hold hands with the Beautiful One.

You have waltzed with great style,
My sweet, crushed angel,
To have ever neared God's Heart at all.

Our Partner is notoriously difficult to follow,
And even His best musicians are not always easy
To hear.

So what if the music has stopped for a while.

So what
If the price of admission to the Divine
Is out of reach tonight.

So what, my dear,
If you do not have the ante to gamble for Real Love.

The mind and body are famous
For holding the heart ransom,
But Hafiz knows the Beloved's eternal habits.

Have patience,
For He will not be able to resist your longing
For long.

You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to kiss the Beautiful One.

You have actually waltzed with tremendous style,
O my sweet,
Oh my sweet, crushed angel.


-- Hafiz of Shiraz

Date: 2017-05-08 01:11 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
—beautiful.

Who's the translator? Do you know?

Date: 2017-05-08 03:24 pm (UTC)
muccamukk: Padme in formal make up, happy and smiling. (SW: Padme Smiles)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Daniel Ladinsky.

Date: 2017-05-08 04:14 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

No shit? I wonder if it's in the book I picked up a couple days ago. Love Poems from God, tr. Daniel Ladinsky.

Date: 2017-05-08 04:33 pm (UTC)
muccamukk: Clara and Twelve stand next to the TARDIS on an alien planet. (DW: Pretty)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Likely is. It's pretty famous.

(I'm a little wary of popular translations of Sufi poetry, as they tend to scrub the Muslim out, especially with Rumi, but this one's so pretty I can't say I mind.)

Date: 2017-05-08 04:19 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
That's lovely.

Thank you.

Date: 2017-05-08 06:39 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
That is so lovely.

Date: 2017-05-09 03:20 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (hands full of light and water (roxicons))
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
That's so lovely. *^^*

Date: 2017-05-10 04:09 am (UTC)
fairestcat: Dreadful the cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] fairestcat
That is just lovely. Thank you for posting it.

Date: 2017-05-11 09:27 am (UTC)
linaelyn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] linaelyn
I want to tell you how much this spoke to me.

I do not have the ante to do that tonight.

But you should know that this was one piece of the healing I am looking for.

Thank you.

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