A Hafiz poem: Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

(PLEASE ALSO VISIT THE WONDROUS BLOGMy Son, The Dancer – Part II )

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.

You are with the Friend now.
Learn what actions of yours delight Him,
What actions of yours bring freedom
And Love.

Whenever you say God’s name, dear pilgrim,
My ears wish my head was missing
So they could finally kiss each other
And applaud all your nourishing wisdom!

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

And from the most insignificant movements
Of your own holy body.

Now, sweet one,
Be wise.
Cast all your votes for Dancing!

~ Hafiz ~



7 comments on “A Hafiz poem: Cast All Your Votes For Dancing

  1. redmitten says:

    this inspires! and thanks for the link to raising my rainbow.

    life is good!

  2. reddy mitteny, life is good. could it be that simple? yes

  3. Katy Taylor says:

    when we abide in our own holy body, yes!

  4. nobody mentioned the farting camels!

  5. Mmm I love Hafiz! I need to buy “The Gift,” I borrowed it from a friend once, actually once of my favorite poems by Hafiz is:
    How
    did the rose
    ever open its heart
    and give to this world
    all its
    beauty?

    It felt the encouragement of light
    against its being,

    otherwise,
    we all remain
    too frightened.

    (I read a lot of his poems on this site: http://www.poemsbyhafiz.weebly.com in case you’re interested)
    OH and Rumi, what another great poet!

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