Be Encouraged

My Sweet, Crushed Angel

(A poem by Hafiz)

You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to hold hands with the Beautiful One.

You have waltzed with great style,
My sweet, crushed angel,
To have ever neared God’s Heart at all.

Our Partner is notoriously difficult to follow,
And even His best musicians are not always easy
To hear.

So what if the music has stopped for a while.

So what
If the price of admission to the Divine
Is out of reach tonight.

So what, my dear,
If you do not have the ante to gamble for Real Love.

The mind and the body are famous
For holding the heart ransom,
But Hafiz knows the Beloved’s eternal habits.

Have patience.

For He will not be able to resist your longing
For long.

You have not danced so badly, my dear,
Trying to kiss the Beautiful One.

You have actually waltzed with tremendous style,
O my sweet,
O my sweet, crushed angel.

[Taken from: I Heard God Laughing. Poems of Hope and Joy. Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)


7 thoughts on “Be Encouraged

  1. Thank you, Cathy, and the same to you and yours. I have already been blessed so abundantly, I thank Him everyday, but keep asking daily for the graces and blessings that are available for me but for the asking. I have recently learned that we need to ask, or they will go unused.

    Lily, yes, life, and life abundantly. Keep reaching. Keep dancing. Keep listening for the musicians.

  2. I was once asked what animal I would be if I could choose. I responded that I would be a bird of prey. I am utterly entranced by them. So I am tethered falcon, also.

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