Even after all this time
the sun never says
to the earth
“You owe me.”
Look what happens
with a love like that,
it lights the
Hafiz, was a Sufi poet who extended well known erotic themes in Iranian poetry to include ethics, philosophy, mystical and even political subjects. Within the wide parameters he set, he expressed love for the divine, and the spiritual intoxication of union with it.
His poetry not only contains words of mystical love, but social commentary and frequent changes of images and subjects to illustrate a single theme, which imbues his words with a wealth of meaning and interpretation, which the modern reader – unlike his contemporaries – may not at first recognize.
Whatever, his poetry is sublimely beautiful and enriching to the soul, and he is still, rightly, the most popular poet in Iran.
Hafiz offers up to us a kaleidoscope of rich and complex imagery which washes our spirits clean of the pollution and detritus of modern life.