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Poems by Hafiz

Knows as the Poet of poets, this 14th Century Persian was considered by many to be one of the seven literary wonders of the world.

1. I Have Learned So Much

Hafiz quote




So much from God

That I can no longer



A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,

a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself

With me

That I can no longer call myself

A man, a woman, an angel,

Or even a pure


Love has

Befriended Hafiz so completely

It has turned to ash

And freed


Of every concept and image

my mind has ever known.

2. A Golden Compass

Hafiz quote

Forget every idea of right and wrong

Any classroom ever taught you


An empty heart, a tormented mind,

Unkindness, jealousy and fear

Are always the testimony

You have been completely fooled!

Turn your back on those

Who would imprison your wondrous spirit

With deceit and lies.

Come, join the honest company

Of the King's beggars -

Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns

And those astonishing fair courtesans

Who need Divine Love every night.

Come, join the courageous

Who have no choice

But to bet their entire world

That indeed, indeed, God is real.

I will lead you into the circle

Of the Beloved's cunning thieves,

Those playful royal rogues,

The ones you can trust for true guidance -

Who can aid you

In this blessed calamity of life.


Look at the Perfect One at the circle's center:

He spins and whirls like a Golden Compass,

Beyond all that is rational,

To show this dear world

That everything,

Everything in existence

Does point to God.

3. The Sacred Dance for Life

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I sometimes forget

that I was created for Joy.

My mind is too busy.

My Heart is too heavy

for me to remember

that I have been

called to dance

the Sacred dance of life.

I was created to smile

To Love

To be lifted up

And to lift others up.

O’ Sacred One

Untangle my feet

from all that ensnares.

Free my soul.

That we might


and that our dancing

might be contagious.

4. My Brilliant Image

Mary Oliver quote

One day the sun admitted,

I am just a shadow.

I wish I could show you the infinite incandescence

That has cast my brilliant image!

I wish I could show you,

When you are lonely or in darkness,

The astonishing Light

Of your own Being!

5. The God Who Only Knows Four Words

Hafiz quote

Every child has known God,

Not the God of names,

Not the God of don'ts,

Not the God who ever does anything weird.

But the God who only knows four words

And keeps repeating them, saying:

"Come dance with Me."

Come dance.

6. Someone Should Start Laughing

Hafiz quote

I have a thousand brilliant lies

For the question:

How are you?

I have a thousand brilliant lies

For the question:

What is God?

If you think that the Truth can be known

From words,

If you think that the Sun and the Ocean

Can pass through that tiny opening called the mouth,

O someone should start laughing!

Someone should start wildly Laughing, Now!

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