Wednesday, July 28, 2010

about the title

The birds' favorite songs
You do not hear,

For their most flamboyant music takes place
When their wings are stretched
Above the trees

And they are smoking the opium
Of pure freedom.

It is healthy for the prisoner
To have faith

The one day she will again move about
Wherever she wants,
Feel the wondrous grit of life-
Less structured,

Find all wounds, debt, stamped canceled,
Paid.

I once asked a bird,
"How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?"

She responded,
"Love lifts
Me."


- Hafiz
from The Gift, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

1 comment:

  1. HAFIZ!!!!!!! You are a gem. A poet. My friend. :-)

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