Poetry by Hafiz

If God Invited You
To a Party
by Hafiz 

If God 
Invited you to a party 
And said, 

In the ballroom tonight 
Will be my special 

How would you then treat them 
When you 

Indeed, indeed! 

And Hafiz knows 
There is no one in this world 

Is not upon 
His Jeweled Dance 

I Know the Way You Can Get 
by Hafiz 
Renderings of Hafizby Daniel Ladinsky 

I know the Way you Can Get 
When you have not had a drink of Loving: 
Your face hardens, 
Your sweet muscles cramp. 
Children become concerned 
About the strange look that appears in you eyes 
Which even begins to worry your own mirror 
And nose. 
Squirrels and birds sense your sadness 
And call an important conference in a tall tree. 
They decide which secret code to chant 
To help your mind and soul. 
Even angels fear that brand of madness 
That arrays itself against the world 
And throws sharp stones and spears into 
The innocent 
And into one's self. 
O I know the way you can get 
If you have not been out drinking Love: 
You might rip apart 
Every sentence your friends and teachers say, 
Looking for hidden clauses. 
You might weigh every word on a scale 
Like a dead fish. 
You might pull out a ruler to measure 
From every angle in your darkness 
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once 
I know how you can get 
If you have not had a drink from Love's 
That is why all the Great Ones speak of 
The vital need 
To keep Remembering God, 
So you will come to know and see Him 
As being so Playful 
And Wanting, 
Just Wanting to help. 
That is why Hafiz says: 
Bring your cup near me, 
For I am a Sweet Old Vagabond 
With and Infinite Leaking Barrel 
Of Light and Laughter and Truth 
That the Beloved has tied to my back. 
Dear one, 
Indeed, please bring your heart near me. 
For all I care about 
Is quenching your thirst for freedom! 
All a Sane man can ever care about 
Is giving Love!