Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Smitten with a Poet



In the course of my research for Long Winding Journeys, I've been reading the poetry of Hafiz, the most famous of the Persian poets.  He lived from about 1320-1382, roughly the same time as Chaucer.  I happened to have a book of his poems in my stash, though I hadn't had the occasion to read very much of it.  Now I have, and I'm smitten.  Here are a few poems that struck a chord with me.  I'll start with the one I plan to share at docent training, a poem I can easily imagine would inspire an artist.

THE VINTAGE MAN

The
Difference 
Between a good artist
And a great one

Is:

The voice
Will often lay down his tool
Or brush

Then pick up an invisible club
On the mind's table

And helplessly smash the easels and
Jade.

Whereas the vintage man
No longer hurts himself or anyone

And keeps on
Sculpting

Light.
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THE SAD GAME

Blame

Keeps the sad game going.

It keeps stealing all your wealth --

Giving it to an imbecile with

No financial skills.

Dear one,

Wise

Up.
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IT FELT LOVE

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
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A CLEVER PIECE OF MUTTON

Like a 
Clever piece of mutton
Refusing to go down the "well"

Knowing it will so quickly just come out
The "other end"

So it lodges itself between one's teeth --

That's the kind of poem Hafiz
Wants to sing
Today.
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Thanks for reading and until next time, be well.





1 comment:

Norma Schlager said...

Someone I had never heard of, yet so relevant for our times. Thanks for sharing.